For a couple of weeks now, I have been watching Baby Faced Mums. Before the series started, I would see tweets and Facebook comments from other young mums about how they really hoped that the programme would disperse the social view that we are all “benefit scroungers” and “school dropouts”
Episode two of the series could not have done a better job with that. In week two we met Maddy. Maddy’s story was similar to mine. She was in her first year at university (I was at college) and found her self pregnant quite unexpectedly. In the episode, we see her at the end of her degree and she talks about how she juggles the work load of university with the obligations and responsibilities of being a mother.
She said that she had days where she felt so stressed that she thought she possibly couldn’t carry on with university, that she had taken on too much.
That sentence has come out of my mouth on no less than five occasions, and I am only at the end of year 1! To see someone complete university (with a first class degree) while still being such a caring, loving and amazing mum, gave me so much hope and determination for the up coming start to second year…Thank you Maddy!!
We also met 17 year old Rachel who is the most grown up 17 year old I think I have ever seen. At 17 she has a full-time job to support her son, her own home which she manages to run so well and has the maturity of someone beyond her years. I would love to be able to be that on the ball.
She really helped show that the common stereotype of younger mothers is completely wrong. The majority of younger mothers want to be able to support themselves and look after their children independently. Through writing this blog, I have found that younger mums (and dads) have some of the greatest work ethics around.
Going back a week, I have to mention Lettie from week one. She is 21, has three children and was juts amazing to watch. We saw her leaving her youngest child with the babysitter for the first time and how she managed with two very energetic older children. We also viewed an emotional moment where Lettie was visiting her local library, trying to write her CV so that when her children where all at school, she could start searching for a job immediately. She had a moment where she sat and cried at the computer. Her children where running around, pulling books off of shelves and you just saw her stop.
I don’t know about all of you, but I have had those days where you just stop and think “ah just do it” and you let the children get on with it. I felt like running up to my TV, giving her a hug and getting her a huge cup of tea!
If you haven’t seen Baby Faced Mums yet, you can head over to Demand 5 or catch the next episode on Monday at 8pm on 5*