My Life as a Teenage Mom

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It's a seat-of-your-pants ride, and anyone who says otherwise is a liar." – Lucy V. Hay, 34, mother of three in Devon, UK. "Teen mothers and adult mothers have the same anxiety and nervousness all mothers do." – Krystal Cisneros. What do people say to you that you wish they didn't? "You're too young to have a baby. And here we spiral into the same-old shaming and stereotyping, just as with teen moms, which, in my opinion, only perpetuates the cycle. Using black-and-white statistics, it's easy to paint a picture of uneducated, poverty-stricken young women doomed for a life of misery, as if we're emblazoned with a Scarlet Letter.

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my ultimate goal is to found an organization that provides financial aid to teen moms pursuing their higher education dreams. I work hard every day to prevent myself from becoming another statistic—a teen mom who failed because she had a child too young—and I want other girls to know they can too. It's a seat-of-your-pants ride, and anyone who says otherwise is a liar." – Lucy V. Hay, 34, mother of three in Devon, UK. "Teen mothers and adult mothers have the same anxiety and nervousness all mothers do." – Krystal Cisneros. What do people say to you that you wish they didn't? "You're too young to have a baby.


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