I still think that if you are going to be a parent, then you need to be in a good place to do it, that goes for any age. But the thing is, if you are a young teen, there is no way, just no way that you can be in that place, even with the help of your parents. There is no way you can be educated, or have a career at 16, there just isn't. And without your parents help, then life would be a very scary place and most likely they'd end up a statistic (I know not everyone, but the majority does). And they are making decisions that affect others, not just themselves. So no, I still say that having a child when you are a teen is not a good thing to do under any circumstances. It doesn't mean that I think young people are bad parents, just that the timing is far from optimal.
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19-01-2014 19:34 #151Senior Member
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19-01-2014 21:14 #152
This doesn't mean they can't be a good parent, just that physically and mentally they would have the better potential to be if they wait just a little longer. This is purely on a human development level which is common to everyone - not even factoring life experience, goals or how "ready" you may feel to start procreating.
The optimal age to have a child is completely subjective, however; based on development, statistics, societal values and anecdotal evidence the general consensus would not be during the teenage years.
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