How do we break the cycle of teen pregnancy?
At the third session of The 'Tween Talk, when adults and students come together to learn side by side, a 7th grade girl discussed the homework from the week before - "Talk to your parents about what they think and feel about the following topics: important qualities to have in a partner, teens having sex, teens having babies, and best ways to delay sex."
The student spoke to the group of families, "My mom told me that she had me when she was 19. She talked about how expensive babies are and how hard it was to go to school with a baby. She told that she loves me so much and doesn't want my life to be as hard as hers, which is why she wants me to wait until I have sex, and I want to wait."
A 6th grade boy echoed her sentiment, "I don't think my mom wants me to say how old she was when she had me," he glanced in her direction, "but she told me how important it is to wait until you've finished your education before you have kids; it's much easier that way."