I should start this post by saying I’m not advocating for teen motherhood.
But I will say that this article about how timing in our culture for mothers is all wrong struck a chord with me. And I’ve recently been having lots of thoughts about how this extended childhood we sanction in our society is ridiculous. People turn 40 and still live as if they were 14, albeit playing video games in their own basement instead of their parents.
Teens can be very capable. We coddle them in our culture. They could be out and about contributing much earlier than we let them. Or than I did, to be very blunt, by pursuing many multiple very important degrees.
Now I can see how one would not win big on the lecture circuit with this point, highlighted by the Globe’s Leah Maclaren of all people, but based on the ideas of one Hilary Mantel who I know not. But not wanting to be outdone on the unpopularity file, I will say this. If teens are going to be moms and dads, they should get married first.
(This moment of political incorrectness was brought to you courtesy of the one who thinks Sarah Palin actually is an advocate for women. Know your source, they say, know your source.)by