Finding support as a teen mom
Yes choma, being a mom is hard – probably one of the most challenging jobs out there. Now add in the extra complication of being a teenage mom, and you're looking at some epic challenges. However, that being said while being a teenage mother is by no means a simple task, at the same time it is not an impossible task and there are places of support out there if you look in the right places.
The most obvious one should be is turning to your baby's father to share the workload. After all, it takes two people to make a child so obviously you should not only have to take on the responsibility of raising a child. In addition you should reach out to your mother, aunt or even an elder family friend to assist when necessary with taking care of your baby. There will be times when you will need somebody to watch your child so a support system will be needed.
However, that being said – unfortunately we do not live in an ideal world and sometimes the father will not accept responsibility or family members will have no interest in helping you. Choma that is not ideal but you need to have some sort of support. On that note there are a few organisations that you can get in touch with. They offer excellent advice and great support.
Here are the details of a few organisations that could be useful to you if you are a teenage mom in need of some support.
The Parent Centre
They describe themselves as non-profit organisation which aims to contribute towards building stronger families through the promotion of positive parenting. They offer a Teen Parenting Programme which is a Parenting Skills and Support Programme for teenage parents and care-givers. It equips teenagers with parenting skills which enable them to be more effective, responsible, nurturing mothers and fathers.
Wynberg Head Office
Upper Level Wynberg Centre
123 Main Road Wynberg 7800
021 762 0116
It has been around since late 2009, run by a group of dedicated women from around the world who wanted to assist communities in Southern Africa with the growing number of orphans and vulnerable children and the women who look after them. Their OPEN DOOR Programme is a support group for teen moms which assists with life skills training, skills development and gives girls an opportunity to earn money from doing craft work.
Young Mom Support
Young Mom Support aims to provide a safe, healthy and non-judgmental environment for young mothers of all races, cultures, religions and family situations to socialise with their children.
Teen Moms Youth Development Club
This non-profit organisation is part of Options Care Centre in George. They meet weekly to empower teenagers to be good moms, providing creative programmes focused on their needs as both teenagers and moms.
Options Care Centre (Just behind La Capannina Restaurant)
122 York St.
LifeLine Pregnancy Support (Pietermaritzburg)
This site is meant particularly for teenagers - both the young mothers and fathers - who are, or think that they may be, pregnant. It is also for the parents of teenagers who fall pregnant. There is information about all things related to pregnancy and having a baby.
Well choma, while I have only listed a few support groups out there, there are many. You can also get in touch with your local clinic or hospital. Many of them have a welfare programme that often has support and counselling on offer for teen moms. You can also speak to your pastor, who can direct you accordingly. Never forget that while you may be faced with a difficult situation, you definitely are capable of handling the situation.
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