Proof of the Long-Standing Stigmas

March 22nd, 2008

Is it 2008? Because this article just transported me back fifty-or-so years. It also further proves a point that many of today's birth mothers are saying: stigmas against single mothers are still alive and well. Mothers who have relinquished in the past twenty years are often told that they don't know what it was like "back in the day." And I agree, to a point. While very few young mothers are now shipped off to homes and hidden from the public to relinquish their children in secret and silence, the social stigmas of single parenting are alive and well and, sadly, thriving. "But we've come so far." Really? Have we? Read that article and tell me that you think society views single parents in a… [more]

Young Mom Sisterhood – Part 3

February 27th, 2007

As I mentioned at the beginning of this series, it was partially inspired by Tana's series on financing an adoption. Some of her clever suggestions could work equally well for a young woman trying to finance the parenting option: 1. Yard sale or ebay sales; 2. Fundraise - bake sale, spaghetti dinner (Maybe your local church could help with this.); 3. Live within your means, cut out unnecessary expenses; 4. Ask for monetary gift for birthdays and holidays; and 5. Set up a baby fund specifically earmarked for baby expenses. Many of us do not live within our means, but instead use credit cards for things that we want but cannot afford. There are many ways to save money and still live an enjoyable life. Make saving money a… [more]

Young Mom Sisterhood – The Prelude

February 26th, 2007
Categories: Parenting

LDS Blogger Tanya has been posted a helpful series on how to finance an adoption. It seems such a conundrum to me that people relinquish due to lack of financial resources, yet others without adequate monies will leave no stone unturned to adopt. I also marvel at the support for adopting sometimes, and yet the lack of support for parenting. When you hear of someone considering relinquishment due to lack of finances, that seems to often be a reason that no one quibbles with but instead readily accepts. Tanya offers many great ideas to finance an adoption, but how often do you see suggestions about how to finance parenting? Honestly, have you heard of anyone suggesting to a poor pregnant young… [more]