Too Young

By: Reginald B

When I walk around 54th Street, Wood Street , 55th Street, and Damen, even in my school, I see pregnant teens or women who had sex young having hard times.  A lot of teens I know  have sex at least once or twice a week. Boys and girls have sex because of the feel, knowing deep down it’s not special.  Many boys even have sex just to prove something.What’s the point? What are you getting out of it? It ruins your life unless you have a cheap way out.  Teenage sex is harmful. It can affect how you live for the rest of your life.

This is a very big situation whether people care or not. People need to pay more attention because not only have babies can result but diseases such as Bacterial Vaginosis, Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Hepatitis B and C, yeast infections, crabs and many more.  The fact when some people have an disease, some are willing to give it to the next person and so on.  People need to address this.

My mother is one of these women who had children young.  I asked her how does having kids affect how you live?  “Kids affect everything. You have to feed them, cloth them, watch over them. You have to discipline them, you have to pay bills. Not to mention you have to work night and day. I literally have no time to myself, I’m stressed. I’m angry.”   She said her children are not really affected.  “It is just hard not to give them stuff I want them to have or what they want. I know they’ll make it. Just hate when time not on my side.”  My mom being stressed affects me because I think a lot about how I’m going to get her out.

Second, I asked my sister how does it feels to be living with a kid? “It’s been 2 years and I get stressed 50% of the time. Having a kid is tough, but I promise you it’s amazing. The father is sometimes a pain, but sometimes, I try to let it breeze.” She said, “Having a kid don’t make you a better person. It makes you happier and want to do better. I know 18 years is going to be tough and I’m not going to quit, I’m going to work for my kid and plus I got love throughout 18 years.” I asked my sister because when her child was first born she was stressed and tired. My sister says she 50% stressed , not true. She always trying to sleep. When her kids playing all day , she losses her mind. Her job gets on her nerves and she’s given lots of hours a day. Last but not least, her boyfriend drives her crazy. He lies to her and doesn’t even watch his son when she asks.

Listen, having a baby changes your world. Yeah, you’ll have ups and downs and more downs but you can also feel love throughout the process. When you see your kid smile, it makes your world safe. It all depends on if GOD gives you this moment. This moment where you look at your kid and realize no matter how much stress he/she gives you, he/she is going to bring you joy. Then, when you’re looking into her eyes you realize what she can become.

Back to the point, the biggest challenge is teens aren’t taken this serious.  We need the governor to speak out on this. This will help a bit because it will get parents’ attention. It would even help kids better understand teenage sex is dangerous. By the governor speaking, it allows this conversation to spread and if so more people can agree with the fact teenagers are too young. And maybe teen pregnancy rate can go down.


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