Originally Posted by Blueone
I'm not a young mama (28), but I look like really young and I have to agree on the ring part. When I don't wear one I feel self conscious. Lately I haven't been able to wear one because it's caused an allergic reaction. Although, I've felt conscious even with one on at times. People don't always look at the ring finger.
It's so nice to see young mama's being conscious! I worked as a therapist for a bit and I met a lot of young mama's who gave other young moms a bad rep. Please don't take that the wrong way, I mean it in a positive way and I do know there are LOTS of young mama's who do a good job.
I get this. Not proud to say it, but I do.
There are a lot of "teen" moms in my area. Off the top of my head, and out of my graduating class, there are .. let's see .. nine or ten? And tons of other girls I don't know but see on FB and such. Of all of them, I'm the only one still nursing, or who nursed more than a week or so, if at all. I'm the only one I know to wait til 6mo for solids .. who doesn't leave her LO to go out and party ... most of them smoke and drink ... etc.
It stinks because one or two girls I was close to before they got pregnant, or at least friendly with. I tried to gently introduce that they didn't HAVE to switch to formula or use CIO or give them cereal at four months or what have you ... and they kind of distanced themselves. People want to do what they want to do, and that doesn't change, no matter how old you are.
But I really wish I had some friends my own age with children I could relate to. The mommy friends I do have, awesome as they are, are a bit older.But I'm still grateful for them.