Having children is a big responsibility

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By Jennifer Corbett

By Jennifer Corbett

Summer Intern

I was in Target over the weekend and one magazine cover caught my eye. It was an article in OK! Magazine with Jamie Lynn Spears, Casey Aldridge and their newborn baby girl. They were all smiles, but I couldn’t help notice something more.

Spears and Aldridge are just kids. The couple can’t even vote or buy alcohol yet, though they are going to raise a kid. The couple looked like two teenagers surrounded by a nice house and looked like they have a wonderful life. But yet they haven’t experienced things in the real world.

Spears and Aldridge probably don’t know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck, with house payments, electric bills and most importantly taking care of another person.

For some reason, as I read through the article and saw the pictures I couldn’t help but think of my younger sister and how I’m thankful the thought of starting a family is one of the last things on her mind.

My sister is only 18 years old. She is about to start college, learn more about becoming an elementary education teacher, and has more on her mind than having a baby. She has a lot more to discover about life and to enjoy the last few years she has to just have fun.

But there are some people at that age who don’t. They seem eager to have babies at such a young age. They want someone to unconditionally love them

For instance, Time Magazine reported that a group of about 17 girls made a “pregnancy pact” at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts.

The article further states that school officials looked into the matter after an unusual amount of girls began filing into the school clinic to find out if they were pregnant. The principal even noticed that “some girls seemed more upset when they weren’t pregnant than when they were.”

None of the girls were older than 16 and confessed they all wanted to raise their babies together. The worst part about the story is one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy.

There is one thing teenagers and celebrities don’t have in common that the media doesn’t portray. Money.

Celebrities are older and are able to afford to take care of children. If not them, then someone in their family or someone who was hired will take care of them.

These kids don’t know what they are getting themselves into. As one of my co-workers at The Springfield Sun put it, it’s not like they can just say ‘oh I’m tired of the baby’ and just give it back.

When I was at that age, I thought I knew everything. I was about to start college and was excited for all the freedom I was going to have. I was ready to conquer the world.

However, I soon got a wake up call. In reality, I didn’t know everything. I was still a kid and had more to learn. For example, I used to have this ‘I need’ attitude. I felt like every $50 paycheck I got from Kroger’s, I needed to spend some of it to get myself a new purse, even though I had just gotten one a few months before.

Looking back, I didn’t need that new purse. I wanted it.

It’s those characteristics that show me I was not ready to raise a kid at that time in my life.

Maybe I’m nervous on the aspect of completely growing up and being on my own. I just know there is more for me to experience before I think of having kids.

I just wish a lot of the teenagers out there would stop paying attention to what the media portrays. They don’t know everything. Having kids is not all what it’s portrayed to be. There is the long nights where the baby wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, there is the childcare issue and overall just being a parent.

Trust me, it can wait until the time is ready.