Teen Parenting: The Difference Between A Puppy and A Baby

Renae is a 16-year-old from Lowell, MI. She is a creative individual who spends a lot of her time reading and learning Japanese because she would like to become a Journalist in Japan.

Teens don’t seem to understand how important it is to be protected during sex. Other than contracting sexually transmitted diseases, there’s a chance of getting pregnant. Some teens out there are even trying to conceive! They don’t consider how hard it would be raising a child. Parenthood is a life changing decision for a woman of any age. A friend of mine and I were at the park with her puppy and she said to me “I love this puppy, it’s like my baby!” So I was inspired to create this list.

The Difference Between A Puppy and A Baby

1.) If you have a puppy you can still easily attend school. A large number of pregnant teens stop going to school while pregnant. During a pregnancy, your body is going through a lot of change for the next 9 months making it hard to go to school daily. When you have the baby, you’ll have to find daycare help as well as money to pay for daycare.
2.) Puppies eat 2-3 times a day, need a few toys and maybe some treats. Babies need doctor appointments, food, clothing, formula, a crib, bottles, shoes, a stable home and SO many other things that most teens are not ready to give. Dogs live to an average of 12 years. Babies grow up and are yours for the rest of your life, even if you consider adoption.
3.) If you have trouble keeping a puppy, there is the option of finding it a new home. If you have trouble taking care of your baby, adoption is an alternative route but your child is still out in the world. Kids are for life.
4.) Time needed to take care of a puppy is minimal compared to caring for a baby. Babies need constant care. Unlike puppies, you can’t put babies in a kennel when they get a little riled up or out of hand. Juggling a job to support the baby, school, and relationships? Teens still need time to grow up, pregnant or not. How are you going to bring a child into this world under such stress and a constraint on your time with them?
5.) You don’t need to bring your puppy with you everytime you leave the house. If you have a baby, you can’t just leave it unattended at home and expect it to be waiting for you at the door…like a puppy.
6.) If a teen gets a puppy they aren’t looked down upon like young parents often are. They fall into the stereotype and it’s hard music to face.

Teen don’t realize that babies are permanent. Parenthood is blessing as well as a lifelong commitment.

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