I doubt that any parent of a teenager was surprised when new mother Bristol Palin, daughter of the Alaskan Governor, opined that teen abstinence is a worthy goal, but, as a form of birth control, “not realistic at all.”
This photo of our best friends’ oldest daughter really shocked me:
She is not a teenager. In fact, she is 21 years old — just three weeks younger than our #1Son — and a senior in college. But many young adults are far from ready to take on the responsibility of parenthood in their early 20’s.
Fortunately, there were two photos attached to the email I received from her mother.
Perhaps, in addition to providing instruction on birth control methods including, but not limited to abstinence, high schools should consider investing in an “empathy belly” to give students an opportunity to wear it around campus.
Which is what our young friend has been doing in conjunction with her maternity rotation. She is completing her Bachelor of Science degree — in nursing.