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Growing Up Together

Teen Mom Finds Life Not All About Herself

February 10, 2013

WHEELING — Lynn never planned to become pregnant, but the experience has changed her life foreve....

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Rusty1

Feb-10-13 10:06 AM

Well, now isn't this special.

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Rusty1

Feb-10-13 10:10 AM

She has a child out of wedlock and now she is the mother of the year? The only think I credit her with is not aborting the child or putting the child in a dumpster.

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justmytake

Feb-10-13 10:10 AM

All these mothers and babies supported by your tax dollars. Like Rusty1 says well, now isn't that special.

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nobama

Feb-10-13 11:43 AM

Wow! What a dumb article! With teen pregnancy booming let's glorify it..NOT! So where's the daddy?

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richardwhee

Feb-10-13 12:19 PM

When will people start taking responibility for "THEIR" actions? Why are we tax payers always stuck for the pleasures of "TWO" oeople????

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Thebigkahuna

Feb-10-13 2:26 PM

"...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped. " ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey

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Thebigkahuna

Feb-10-13 2:28 PM

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi

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Thebigkahuna

Feb-10-13 2:30 PM

"There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land." Deuteronomy 15:11

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Thebigkahuna

Feb-10-13 2:30 PM

"There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land." Deuteronomy 15:11

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Thebigkahuna

Feb-10-13 2:35 PM

Keep talking Teabaggers...the more you do...the more the world realizes you speak out of both sides of your mouth....you only confirm your lack of reason and logic by ignoring key parts of the documents you claim to hold so dear....THE KEY to Christianity is love and charity...

"Jesus answered, If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'" Matthew 19:21

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buffy99

Feb-10-13 3:51 PM

@ SARAH HARMON..What a dumb as-s written article. Says..Lynn never planned to become pregnant.. Than why wasnt she on the pill?Why was she messing around if she knew she could get pregnant? Or whomever the NON WORKING welfare dad was, why didnt he use precaution? I have seen better written , and more INTERESTING articles in the Sunday comics..

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Maddie

Feb-10-13 7:26 PM

To all the "negativities" commenting on this article--Do not judge, contrary to your perfectionism, these people are human, unlike you! I do notice a trend, though, I am thinking all of the negative, snide comments are from men, weak, snivling, holier than thougher's.

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Charese

Feb-10-13 8:34 PM

Without intervention the cycle will continue. You notice the article says Lynn is receiving treatment. This is not a free lunch for her. She is learning how to break generational cycles of abuse, learning to nurture her child, life skills, and conflict resolution. Many individuals who come from what you would call decent homes will do not receive training and understanding in these areas... The alternatives are a life full of making it from pay check to paycheck and receiving government assistance perpetually, poverty, child neglect ,and worse prison... How do I know? I am a previous Crittenton client. I have not been on welfare a day of my life. My child is almost 19 years old and is a political science major, working to join the military as an officer,with the intent of running for public office, and is working to support herself. I own my home, and work for the third best place to work on Fortune's best places to work.

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Charese

Feb-10-13 8:47 PM

Trust me, I m sick of my taxes increasing year after year just like you;however, without services like Crittenton we will be faced with greater problems. Lynn is receiving 6-9 months worth if treatment, so she will have a firm foundation to sustain herself and her child for the rest of their lives. I also want to add, Crittenton works hard to make sure they spend wisely, and have their own fundraising galas throughout the year to make sure their efforts continue. We spend more as a nation on special interest groups and running overseas to rescue the rest if the worlds issues than we do our own manyof the women who come through the doors of Crittenton have been beaten, sexually abused, and neglected. My experience was all of the women there with me fell into one of those categories. My only plea to those of you with negative remarks is to please, have a heart. You do not know where a person has been until you take a moment to understand where they have been.... Blessings.

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Maddie

Feb-10-13 9:37 PM

Charese, thank you for sharing your success story. And here's to all of the future success stories about to come out of Crittenton programs.

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Citizen0

Feb-11-13 6:57 AM

As a parent of a WPHS Student I was aghast that they do not teach sex education in high school!

How can we expect to put a dent in teenage pregnancy when we don't even give our kids basic knowledge about sex?

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littlefox

Feb-11-13 9:20 AM

'Just because you have a kid, it doesn't stop you from future goals. You can always be what you want. Like I want to be a lifeguard this summer and I'll do it. It's not going to stop me from anything.'

That's great! I hope you thank God every day for your mother, who is willing to share your responsibility. Lucky, lucky you.

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nobama

Feb-11-13 3:34 PM

Remember back in the day when people got married when a child was conceived? And tried to support the child. Instead of relying on the State and parents to do the job.. Been there..had a step daughter who came up pregnant....wic, ebt, 10.00 rent, free schooling and the list goes on...next let's have another..different bum and guess what now we need three bedrooms for 10.00 a month rent. As for you who like to quote Scripture..let's provide for widows and orphans 1st I'd like the see a follow up when this child is 14 and see how it's going..

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Patton

May-02-13 12:57 PM

I don't know this post popped up on my news feed but it did. I was resident of Crittenton for 1 1/2 yrs,(1995-1996)I got pregnant with my son at 15 & got sent there, When I tell people my story the 1st thing I say is Crittenton was a blessing for me, I had therapy, structure & a support team I wasn't able to get from home, since my mother & entire family disowned me b/c I wanted to keep my baby.I was on probation for fighting & didn't care about anybody else. Crittenton provided me with the tools and knowledge I would need to survive as a young mother. I learned to care for my son on my own but if I ever needed help there was always someone there for me. I was able to leave after completing the program when my son was a 1. I went back to home town feeling better than I ever had, with their help I had my own apt & a job, I graduated HS with honors! I went on to become an RN, my son is now 16, honors student & doing very well, I am very thankful for Crittenton &

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