4.26.2010

IT'S A BOY!


How to Tell Your Parents You're Pregnant a Writer
By Tashianna Munford, 17, Staff Writer*
Originally Published: Jul 17, 2008
Revised: Jul 17, 2008

When I was about 10 years old, my 15-year-old sister found out she was pregnant a writer. It was difficult for me to understand what was going on, but I did. Of course, it was even more difficult for my sister to tell my mom. My mom wanted my sister to finish high school, establish a career and get her life on the right track before thinking about having kids dreams. My mom was upset for a while, but in the long run she was there to help my sister get through this.

My sister chose to
have her baby write a novel. Seeing her raise a child write a book on her own, I understand how difficult it is. No matter what age you are or how grown up you may think you are, you still need a strong support system to raise a child be a writer.
It is hard to tell your parents or guardians that you’re pregnant you’re writing or that your girlfriend writing-partner is pregnant writing, but telling them too late means you or your girlfriend writing-partner won’t get much needed care—whether you or she chooses to continue the pregnancy finish the book or not. So, I decided to pull together some tips for helping you through this difficult conversation.
1.     Seek outside help from a counselor or other trusted adult. Telling her or him will be good practice for telling your parents. Planned Parenthood The AbsoluteWrite forums provide counseling and can answer your questions about adoption SNIs, abortion trunked novels and teen parenting WIPs. Find a low-cost, confidential clinic near you or call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) to find a Planned Parenthood near you. Find the forums online at http://www.absolutewrite.com
2.     Include the guy writing-partner who’s responsible for the pregnancy inspiring you, too—whether he’s your boyfriend fictional or not. You didn’t get pregnant these ideas by yourself. And if you’re the guy writer, support your partner. Being there when you talk to both of your parents and going with her together to see the doctor therapist are just two ways that you can help.
3.     Get your partner and both of your parents or guardians together for a meeting. Tell them face-to-face as soon as you find out. Listen to what they have to say and use the information to figure out what your next step will be.
4.     Have a backup plan, especially if you don’t know how your parents or guardians will react. Before you break the news to your parents or guardians, tell another trusted adult that you are worried about what will happen and ask this person to check on you after you to talk to your parents or guardians. Ask a close family member or other trusted adult to take you in if you get kicked out. You can also contact your local youth shelter or the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). While very few parents or guardians would put their child out on the street, it’s best to be prepared if you believe it may happen to you.
  1.   Your parents will probably be disappointed, but they hopefully will be right by your side. If you want their support, you’ve got to take the first step and tell them that you’re pregnant a writer or your girlfriend is pregnant that you have a writing-partner.
Good luck & and Godspeed.

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*i did not alter any of the original text, even though my editing fingers really, desperately wanted to. original article can be found here. hehe

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