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Teen Parenting

I am writing this blog post in May even though it won’t be posted until June 28 because I am expecting a baby in late June. Naturally, this impending event has got me thinking a lot about parenting. I have no doubt it is going to be a challenge for me, but for teen parents the situation is even more difficult, whether from lack of education, money, or social support.

There are lots of resources in the Pittsburgh area to help teen parents succeed.

Every Step Counts! This parenting guidebook prepared by the Allegheny County Early Childhood Collaborative offers these tips for teen parents:

  • Try to finish school (click here for information on getting your GED)
  • If you need childcare, ask your school district about the options available.
  • Look for emotional support from family and friends.
  • Take care of yourself! Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and stay away from smoking, drugs, and alcohol.
  • Be patient with yourself and ask for help if you need it.

List of resources from the Center for Schools and Communities

Teen Parent Support from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

 

Here are some selections from the CLP collection:

Teenage pregnancy and parenting / Lisa Frick, book editor.

Teen pregnancy and parenting / Lisa Krueger, book editor.

Pregnancy information for teens : health tips about teen pregnancy and teen parenting : including facts about prenatal care, pregnancy complications, labor and delivery, postpartum care, pregnancy-related lifestyle concerns, and more / edited by Sandra Augustyn Lawton.

The challenge of toddlers : for teen parents : parenting your child from one to three / Jeanne Warren Lindsay.

Discipline from birth to three : how teen parents can prevent and deal with discipline problems with babies and toddlers / Jeanne Warren Lindsay and Sally McCullough.

Will the dollars stretch? : teen parents living on their own : virtual reality through stories and check-writing practice / by Sudie Pollock.

 CLP’s Teen Parenthood booklist.

~Eva, CLP-Allegheny

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