The media’s influence on teen pregnancy is a very real problem that is taking the country by wildfire. I warn you, don’t be fooled by the numbers. The teen pregnancy rate is falling but we still have by far the highest teen pregnancy rate throughout the western industrialized world.(http://www.pregnancy-info.net/teen_pregnancy_statistics.html) “The fact that just under 1/3 of all girls in the United States will get pregnant in their teenage years is a sobering thought.” (http://www.pregnantteenhelp.org/articals1.html) The mindset of young teenage girls is changing and I blame certain sources of the media.
Let me tell you about an unsettling conversation I overheard at the mall about a year ago. There was a group of teenage girls, all about the age of 15, giggling and shopping like normal young teenage girls. But their conversation was certainly not normal.
Teenager 1: “Kara, let’s pick out a dress from Motherhood because your clothes are getting too small again.”
Teenager 2: “How many months are you now?”
Kara: “Five! The baby will be here in April!”
Teenager 2: “That’s so exciting!”
Teenager 1: “I can’t wait to pick out little baby dresses with you!”
Teenager 2: “Did you find out if you made the cut for ‘Teen Mom‘ yet? That’d be so cool to see you on TV!”
That’s right! This 15-year-old girl is not only pregnant, she is excited to be! Did she completely forget about the responsibility of having a child? Completely forget about the mid-night feedings and diaper changes? Completely forget about the challenges she will face like trying to study for finals with a baby by her side? Or maybe she hasn’t. But instead is excited for her grand adventure to be captured on tape. Excited for her 15 minutes of fame.
A lot of young girls are thinking like this and it’s certainly a problem. I urge you to talk to your pre-teen and teenage daughters before it’s too late. Parents need to warn their daughters that pregnancy is not a grand adventure or a cool fad. Fads come and go but a baby will never go away!