Is 19 to young to start a family?

United States
October 16, 2006 3:27pm CST
I'm asking this due to the fact that some of society today thinks that is way to young to start having babies. I got pregnant with my first at 19 and had my last at 23 and I get a lot of astonished looks for having so many children in a short period of time. What's everyone's take on this?
4 responses
• United States
16 Oct 06
Hey if you're emotionally ready and can afford them, then who cares what people think of you! It's better than having numerous abortions like some people do. I commend you! I'm sure you're a great mom! Good luck with your little ones! Aren't they fun? I have two myself.
• United States
16 Oct 06
Well sometimes it's hard to make it with 3 but we make it work. Yeah I think the same thing about the abortions. I myself would never have one unless it was medically necessary. Thanks I sometimes wonder if I shouldn't have waited to have them, but it's a bit late for that...lol. Good luck with yours as well. How old are yours? Yeah sometimes they can be fun and sometimes they can raise hell as I'm sure you know.
• United States
16 Oct 06
My daughter is 4.5 and my son is 1.5. We'd like a 3rd but haven't had luck conceiving the next one. Maybe that means it's not time yet. We're not in any rush.
• United States
16 Oct 06
Awww our oldest are the same age. My daughter will be 5 on the 7th of next month. What about yours? I also have a 3 yr old and a 2 yr old. I would love a 4th but when I was off of birth control for a yr nothing happened so I guess it's not meant to be yet as you said about your 3rd. I just want to have my last within the next 5 yrs since I don't want any children after I'm 30.
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
16 Oct 06
Don't worry too much about what people say or think. Many 19-years-olds have the maturity needed to raise a child - at one time, this was normal. I had my first baby at 18, my second at 22, my third at 25 and then a fourth at 38. People do tend to treat you differently when you're younger, I agree. But do you need their approval? No!
• United States
16 Oct 06
I have noticed that us younger mothers get treated differently than older mothers. Sometimes I just want to scream that I'm not like the other mothers that I get lumped in with. I'm not one of those mothers that go off and leave my children with someone so I can party. I hardly go out and when I do it's with my husband and his mother is watching them. Truthfully I have no desire to go anywhere most of the them since I hate leaving my children. I'm always worried that something will happen to them if I'm not with them. Oh I know I don't need their approval, because if someone was to say something to me about it I'd voicing my opinions very quickly.
@antoisra (821)
• Sri Lanka
16 Oct 06
As #1 poster said..
• United States
16 Oct 06
Thank you.
• India
16 Oct 06
maybe... better dont take a risk... get more knowldge about life... u hav to luk after not only urselves but one more life is in ur hands...