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My friends 12 year old daughter is 4 months pregnant~he had no clue she was even sexually active. IF she would have been able to purchase birth control over the counter she would have done so because she had big dreams and goals of what she wanted to do when she grew up. This question just shows what this world has come to in our life time. The reality of it is the children are now giving birth to their own children and parents and the rest of us are paying for it one way or the other. Is it right? I sure don't agree with it but it is REALITY. You can teach a child but that child is going to make their own decisions good or bad and there is nothing that anyone can do to stop that. Everyone thought sex education in the schools would help~ it didn't work~ children just keep having children earlier and earlier. Hopefully these children's PARENTS notice their daughter is pregnant soon enough to start prenatal care for the innocent life inside before it is harmed. Regardless of the outcome everyone has LOST and will continue to lose in these situations. IMO
This is an old discussion, so I’m not sure anyone remembers exactly what was going on at the time. I don’t because I wasn’t here. Why is a 12 year old given so much freedom her parents didn’t even know she had a boyfriend, much less was having sex? At 12, my kids didn’t go anywhere I didn’t know about. Parents give children way too much freedom and too little supervision. If a child that age is already defying parents’ wishes, they don’t have a very good relationship.
Parents are divorced, they lived in different cities~ Father has visitation all summer, phone calls weekly, visitation every other weekend.
I agree! When mine where 16, I still knew where they where and what they where doing~ ( Regardless of what they told me, I was a great detective. lol )
How times have changed since then! Parents have forgotten what they "should" be doing as "Parents".
Now it's all about how much you can "GIVE" your children! Everyone works as much as they can to bring home that money. Just so they can "BUY" their children what they "WANT" verses teaching them what they "NEED" to learn in order to be productive, kind, loving, caring, human beings that are "successful" in life & living in this world we have left them.
Of course that's simply my thoughts on the topic for what that's worth. I raised 5 children however those where different times when Family's had sit down meals, and children played outside with friends and used their imaginations instead of staying glued to the TV, Video games or on their Cell Phones 24 X 7.
I was always glued to my computer since I worked on it from home about half the time, so I can’t blame that. Otherwise, I agree with you. I noticed the children who got into the worst trouble in their early teen years had absent parents. They were either working all the time, or they decided at age 12-13 that their children were old enough to not need supervision. Several teens I knew were in rehab but age 15-16 due to extreme substance abuse or for committing crimes and sent there by the courts.
these days children are left on their own much younger than 12-13. It's pretty common NOW in our town at least for very small children (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, ) to be left for several hours unattended! We live in a small town but things happen even in small towns! Some parents leave them alone before and after school for several hours so they can get to work on time or their shifts don't end for several hours AFTER their children get home from school. Sorry but you shouldn't have children if you can't do whats required of a parent. Not in this day especially! Back when we where young children where raised by their parents extended family and the entire town watched over them. Sadly we don't have that kind of environment to raise children in now. Most family's are scattered across the country and only gather on holidays, towns have grown and few even know their neighbors much less trust them with their children. No one looks out for anyone these days, sad state of affairs but its what we live in now.