Guest Blog: Young + Parenting

AITOO: How old were you when you became a parent? 

LH: I was 16 years old when I became a mother. 

AITOO: Did you think you were ready? Is there a such thing as being ready?

LH: I didn't think I was ready. Even if the pregnancy was planned you can try to be ready financially and mentally but, there's no way to be emotionally ready for having your first child; realizing you are bringing  a life into this world. 

AITOO:What is the best thing about being a mom?

LH: Being a mom in itself self is the best thing. Having the ability to watch your child grow and guide them is the best blessing I could ask for. 

AITOO: What has been your biggest obstacle being a mom?

LH:My biggest obstacle being a mom is letting my child make mistakes. It's important to allow her to experience certain things on her own but I want to just give her all the answers. 

AITOO: Is it true that it’s a learning process, or do you think that either your maternal or you’re not?

LH: Being a mother is a learning process and   It's all about choices. Yes some people are natural care takers, so they are more equipped, but being a mother is a learned behavior. 

AITOO: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being a mother?

LH: My choices effect a generation. What I do is bigger than me, it effects my child, her children, and her children's children. 

AITOO: What advice do you have for other young mothers?

LH: Be true to yourself and be the best mother you can be. We are human and no one is perfect. Make

God the center of being a mother and everything will fall in place.

- Lasheda House

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