I have no negative or positive opinion about teen parents. I don't care enough about the topic to have an opinion other that I am not a teen parent and that is great. However, I must say, I find your argument of fertility among adults in comparison to teenagers' fertility to be quite a stretch and very simplistic. You must try to see things beyond what your experience as a teen mother are and recognize that in the larger scope of things it is a bad idea for teens to become parents. It creates social problems for everyone that could have been avoided by using some common sense. Does that give people the right to punish you or your son forever? no, of course not but personally, I don't think you deserve a medal either and teen pregnancy should still be seen as a problem rather than a norm or a good idea, not to punish you but to address the importance of sex education, birth control and the importance of preventing more teens from getting pregnant. People have negative opinions because of the social problem that unwanted, uncared for children pose today and will be in the future. Not all teen parents are neglectful or incompetent and not all unwanted, uncared for children came from teenagers, but contrary to the rosy picture you have with your own experience, it is still not a good idea for teenagers to have babies. Because teenagers in North America are not financially independent or resourceful enough to raise a child. A lot of the responsibility of raising a child in this situation relies on other people, the parents, the school system, the well-fare system, coworkers etc. And these people resent the fact that even though these parents have access to birth control methods and are aware of how babies are made they still decide to bypass common sense and have a child. On top of everything they often want to be celebrated and applauded. Personally, I don't buy into this "wonderful and perfect" teenage parent picture that so many teenagers want to believe on. Not to say that you are a bad mother or that I could do things better (reason number one why I don't have kids) but it is not as simple as saying "oh how cute is that baby? It is awesome that you are a teen parent". You are not a terrible person. People should understand that punishing you for something that cannot be changed is pointless and let it be. You are not stupid, however, you made a stupid decision at some point and that one time decision had a very important consequence, a teen pregnancy. We all do stupid things, it doesn't mean we're stupid, just bad judgement. But teen parents are not the madonna incarnated either. My own mother was a teen mother and she was pretty bad. I honestly believe that it is better to have a child once you have had experience in the real world beyond friends and family, you have a solid career to save money in preparation to support a child and ready to give back to the community what it invests on your child instead of just taking for him/her and for yourself.