Teen Dad

March 19, 2014

Travis H. 

To hear your girlfriend say, "I'm pregnant," is one of the hardest things to take. You start to doubt it, and everything starts to get scary. Thoughts begin to run through your head. Thoughts like, "How am I going to tell my parents?" and "My life is over." When you find out, it's a lot to take in. 

When my girlfriend told me she was pregnant, I had all those thoughts running through my head. I'm a soon-to-be teen dad, and it is a real life-changer already. I'm happy that my son is on the way. He and his mother are my number one priority. I'm going to do whatever it takes to give him and his mother a better life, even though I know it will be hard. Also, I'm going to teach him not to make the bad decisions I have made in my life. 

Although having a child is a wonderful feeling, I would not advise it to anyone at such a young age. Many people do not think that it will happen to them and are not very careful. That's what we thought also, and we were wrong. Having a baby changes everything. You have to make many sacrifices. All you hobbies and everything you used to love to do must be given up so you can support your family. 

Probably one of the toughest things is money. It takes a lot of money to raise a baby. You have to buy a crib, clothes, diapers and a lot more before the baby even gets here. Once the baby is here, the expense grows. If it wasn't for the help of friends and family, purchasing it all on our own would have been close to impossible. 

So, be safe and don' think that it can't happen to you, because rust me, from my personal experience, it can. Even though your girlfriend is on birth control, still take precautions, because it's a reality check. use your brain and be smart.

 

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