Births to Unmarried Teens
Updated: Oct 5, 2019
Relationship expert Dr. Molly Barrow
There are 12.2 million single parents in the United States according to www.census.gov. Of the 12.2 million, 10 million are single mothers and 2.2 are single fathers. What does this statistic say to you?
Perhaps this is an important fact to recite to your daughters. Help the young girls understand that a third of the births in America were to unmarried women, 89% of whom are unmarried teenagers, ages 15 to 19.
The price of birth control pills increased from $10 to over $50 on many college campuses. Abstaining from sexual activity may be a good idea but in the heat of the moment, that plan failed in your day, my day and throughout history. It won't work tomorrow either.
Young people need to be protected with knowledge, state of the art free birth control and disease control prevention until their assertiveness and will power catches up to their passion and the ability to deny dependence on aggressive partners.
Prevention that works is required.
Dr. Molly Barrow earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor and educator in private practice. She is the author of the Malia & Teacup children's books, Matchlines for Singles; and Step Parenting Essentials. Dr. Barrow is a relationship expert helping individuals, couples, families, and co-workers improve their relationships and communication skills. Her commentary and advice column, quotes, radio show, interviews, and articles are enjoyed worldwide in O Magazine, Psychology Today, MSM.com, Parenting, Morning Blend, Match.com, Progressive Radio Network and Women’s Health.