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We’re Not Trying to Make It Look Easy

Filed under : Parenting, family

By: Carolina Pichardo

Take a look at real young moms for inspiration. See Teenage Mothers who are more than the collection of “Teen Moms” gracing the cover of every magazine

For the last few months, I’ve been reading a lot about the Casey Anthony case, followed every criticism/post of MTV’s Teen Mom (which just launched it’s 3rd season), and even been on the overall lookout for teen moms in the U.S.

You see, much like a lot of those young moms you see in the mainstream, I was very confused about being young, a parent and still trying to grow up balanced enough.

And when I read about these events, I can’t help but picture myself  – and other young urban moms out there – as a statistic like that. Because parenting among YUMs, and how it’s portrayed in the media, almost always determines how well it’s accepted and perceived.

So as for YUM, how much are we contributing to this image and making parenting look like an easy, glamorous task?

Do we make it look way too easy, or like a responsibility that just anyone can undertake? Because as millions could see from the chaos that “Teen Mom” characters are going through (crazy Casey Anthony case aside), with televising their boob jobs and marrying/divorcing/re-marrying significant others, it’s most definitely not. Who were we fooling?

Hopefully, no one at this point. We might not have all the answer right now on how to portray young urban moms everywhere, but we’re one step closer with each contributor that we get to making this a community for everyone to interact, share and most importantly – support each other.

I refuse to believe that with the right resources and assistance (I’m not talking about access to MTV here), a young mother out there can’t be the best mother that she could be for her child.

Since the mainstream isn’t going to stop doing what they’re doing, that means that we can’t stop trying either. Because although it looks easy from the quick glance of this website, the Casey Anthony verdict and collection of teen moms gracing the cover of every magazine, only us real young moms know it’s most definitely not.

Young Urban Moms’ co-founder, Carolina Pichardo, is a digital marketer by day, writer and community activist by night, and mom to Lulu always. You can reach her at or on Twitter @c_pichardo.

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