We will be launching our I Am Still Somebody™ Teen Mom Mentoring program in March 2017. You can apply for the program on our new website www.iamstillsomebody.com. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2016. We are so excited to get this program going and can’t wait to assist teen mothers on their journey of success. If you have any questions, please email Chantea, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: This blog will shut down at the end of the year. We invite you to visit our new website www.iamstillsomebody.com, where we will host our new blog.
Our next book entitled, I Am Still Somebody: Encouraging, Empowering & Equipping Teen Mothers, will be published in 2016. There will also be a workbook and prayer book companions. In anticipation of this release, we are doing our first Teen Mother program, where 5 teen moms will be chosen to review all three books. There is no fee to apply or participate in this program.
This program will take approximately 8 weeks to complete. We will have weekly conference calls where we will discuss the weekly reading assignment and also get feedback from the young ladies on the content of the materials. Their reviews will also be featured on the back of the book. There will be a confidentiality agreement that must be signed by the participant and their parent/guardian if under the age of 18 before they can participate in the program.
Upon completion of the program, the young ladies will receive a certificate along with a gift bag of goodies. They will also receive autographed copies of all books. Please see timeline below for program deadlines.
Our goal is to raise $1,500.00 to help offset the expenses. Your sponsorship will ensure that these young ladies are not only encouraged to overcome the statistics but equipped with the tools to do so. Any donation of $25 or more will include a free autographed copy of the book and a notation in the book acknowledgements.
Our anticipated expenses are as follows but not limited too:
- Certificate of completion
- Mailing print materials to the teen moms
- Autographed copies of each book
- Gift bag
- Faith Confession Cards
- Gift for their child/children
- Monthly Goals & Accountability Workbook
- Other gift items
Just a reminder!
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NLT)
Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.
A lot of times we beat our self up because we’ve made a mistake, a bad decision or just can’t seem to get it together. We often find it difficult to forgive ourselves for many reasons. Don’t be overly hard on yourself. Yes, God wants us to walk in His ways and take on His characteristics but He also knows that we are human. He already knows we will mess up from time to time or even find ourselves in the same cycle of sin. That’s why He sent Jesus. Just to save us from our sins. We will all have our bad days from time to time and that’s okay. Don’t let people hold you up on this holy pedestal as if you are perfect and never have any faults. They are only setting…
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What will you be doing with your child/children this summer? I know school age children are excited about summer break and that they get a break from going to school everyday. The learning should not stop just because they are not in school.
I encourage you to make sure you still give them “school work” to do even in the summer. They can read 2 books a month. Going to the library and getting a library card can be fun and enjoyable for them and not something that is dreaded. Make reading fun for them. Act out the characters and read it in funny voices. That’s one thing I wished that I had done with my child more in the younger years. They will be reading the rest of their lives so why not be good at it.
Teach them how to count money. When you go to the store, let them pay for an item where they have to count out change. Learning the importance of money and how to use it early will help as they grow. Teach them how to save money and not waste it. Give them money word problems to solve according to their age level. You can find all kind of free resources on the internet.
I enjoy having a good time more than anybody but don’t have so much fun that you leave out the learning. There are some things that our children can learn from us and then it can be enhanced by the schools. Don’t let all the learning happen in school and none at home. We have forgotten the important lessons are learned at home. Our children should know that at home they learn just as much as they do in school or anywhere else. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. Show your children that it’s okay to ask for help so they won’t feel ashamed of it later in life.
Have safe, fun and learning summer! Remember there are no breaks from parenting.
One thing that took me a long time to get over was the judgment of others because I was/had been a teen mom. That got under my skin more than anything so much that I allowed it run my life. I began to try to live a life that would please THEM. Guess what I also learned, THEY are never pleased.
Then I realized that we are all flawed and sin differently. Why should I allow someone else to judge me for my sins because theirs haven’t revealed yet? That is something that we do as people far too often. Think about how that makes you feel every time some looks at you in a judgmental way or whispers a word about you. Be sure you are not doing the same to someone else.
Don’t allow others to judge you because of the situation that you are in. It’s only temporary. You won’t be a teen mom your entire life. Your life is not defined because of this. You still have greatness in you that is yet to be exposed to the world. Don’t get bothered by their remarks. I know the words hurt but you can disprove them with your positive actions.
Set your own standards. Set your own goals. Declare positive affirmations of yourself daily.
When I saw this the other day, all I could do was laugh! This statement is so true but often overlooked. Have you been wondering lately, what is wrong with my child? Let me suggest that you answer that question by asking yourself, “whats wrong with me?”
Believe it or not but our children pick up on our moods, attitudes and emotions. If you have been stressed lately, your child(ren) is more likely to act out or go in a shell. Have you been crying a lot lately? Your child may become more whiney. Are you always snapping at people? Your child may develop those same characteristics right before your very eyes.
We can no longer tell children to do as I say and not as I do. They are looking at you to be a role model. You are the example. Have you thought about that? You are the example. They will learn how to treat people by watching you. They will learn how to deal with situations by watching you. They will learn how to deal with relationships by watching you. They will know how to talk to people by listening to you. You are their blueprint for life!
Instead of asking what is wrong with my child, turn that question around and ask yourself? I challenge you to be more aware of your actions and emotions. Then watch the changes in your child(ren). You will be amazed at how very much they are connected. When you feel yourself being overwhelmed or stressed, take a deep breath before you act or say anything because your child(ren) are watching. What do you want them to see?
Remember you are their blueprint for life!
Father, help me to be more aware of my actions and emotions for the sake of my child(ren). Help me to slow down enough to take a deep breath before I do anything. Help me to look to You for my answers. In Jesus’ name, amen!
The statement in this picture couldn’t be more true! In order for your children to know your role as the mother in their lives, you cannot allow anyone else to play that role for you. Yes, you will need help. Yes, it does take a village to raise a child but the child should not be confused on who is the mother.
When I went away to college, my first two years my daughter stayed with mother and brother. I lost my role as her mother because I didn’t take up my responsibility as her mother. She didn’t call me mom or mama. She had a nickname for me. I allowed that to happen because I forgot my role in her life. I had gotten comfortable with someone else doing it for me. Even though I went home whenever I could catch a ride and talked to her on the phone, it still wasn’t enough. Those two years of her life I missed out on. I was too caught up with the college lifestyle to truly think about my daughter. Going into my junior in college, I made a decision to move my child with me. I got an apartment and was able to keep her in daycare. We have been inseparable since then. Now she is a freshmen in college and still just a big old baby. (smile)
It’s easy to let someone else raise your child but what will the effects have in the long run? It’s easy to say this is too hard and I can’t do it but who is really suffering from that decision? No one wakes up and says “I think I will be a teen mom today” but it happens. No matter how wrong the choice is that we made to get us to this point, the child is still a gift from God. You have to take responsibility for your actions. You have to woman up and weather through the joys and tears of motherhood. As a mother that is our responsibility. You cannot get time back but you can make better choices now for a greater future.
If you want your child to know that you are the most important person in their life after God, then you must be in their lives today. Sacrifices have to be made and they are not always peachy but the joys of motherhood will outweigh any sacrifice that you make as a mother. Start this new year off right. Swallow your pride and make amends. Admit where you wrong and start today making thing right. Your child is waiting on you! Will you keep them waiting?