If your daughter is pregnant and planning to have the baby, many changes await your family. And though it's certainly not what most parents expect, it happens every day: nearly , teenage girls in the United States give birth every year. If your teen is about to become a mother or your son has fathered a child , it can be overwhelming for all of you. How can you support your child through the challenges that lie ahead? If you have just learned that your teen is having a baby, you're probably experiencing a wide range of emotions, from shock and disappointment to grief and worry about the future. Some parents feel a sense of guilt, thinking that if only they'd done more to protect their child this wouldn't have happened.
The answer is yes and no. Mostly no. What concerns many parents is how much control they can have over their child once they reach 18, and many parents abdicate all authority once their kids are no longer minors. The truth is, no matter how old your child, you have the right to enforce the rules of your house. Your eighteen-year-old has to follow the rules just as much as your 4-year-old does.
Owens, who has worked for the San Diego police department for nearly 20 years, pulled toward the curb and got out of his car. As he approached, three teenagers slowly slunk out from behind an electrical box: a boy, David, 15, whose identity, along with those of other minors, is being protected, and two girls. Heads hanging, shoulders slouched, they knew they were caught.
But, before we get to the subject of spying on your child, I want to talk a little about our kids and their need for privacy as they grow. When a child is little, there is virtually no separation. Think about it, children are typically held by their parents or caregivers for substantial portions of the day. But, as a child develops and gets older, a natural and healthy separation begins. The day comes when your child goes to the bathroom and closes the door because he wants privacy, and he gets embarrassed if someone walks in.