With the label of teen parent well and truly established rather brutally in episode one, in episode two it was time to get my wisdom-sharing undergarments on. I thought a lot about the ways this stigma impacted on my life, and what I had learned from it.
We also examine my interrupted schooling, expanding disadvantaged class groups, stigma, social isolation, as well as the impact these factors can have on a teenage parent’s child. I think many of the ways in which I was disadvantaged as a teenage parent existed simply because of this stigma. My ruined future existed because this stigma imagined it into reality and the ways in which this stigma was accurate, occurred because I believed it to be true.
The disadvantage of a parent however, becomes the burden of their child and I have been really looking forward to sharing this episode, mostly because I had a chat with my son about how he perceived the stigma of teenage pregnancy and the impact he believed it had on his life.
This episode dug a little deep for me, but I really hope we address a lot of things that maybe people hadn’t thought of before. The power of thought is immense, whether it is a stigma or realisation. I hope this episode can inform people about this in a way that makes them want to hear it.