This Mother’s Day, Let’s Support Young Moms

On Mother’s Day, despite all of the inspirational writing about how much mothers do for us, it’s easy to forget the mothers who aren’t usually celebrated.  I’m talking about mothers who are young, single, immigrant, minority, low-income or queer, who raise families with very few social or economic resources but nevertheless aren’t the likeliest to be extolled for their struggles or contributions. 

Luckily, the Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) has launched a national initiative called “Mama’s Day,” which they say will “change the way we think, feel and act in support of families in the US” by applauding the women who are left out by traditional Mother’s Day celebrations. 

You can watch the ARCJ’s wonderful music video to honor all mamas for their work in creating strong families.  And if you’re interested, visit their website for stories from people who tell us just how many different kinds of strong families there can be.  As Mother’s Day ends, let’s keep celebrating Mama’s Day by supporting these vulnerable mothers and the strong families they create.


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Fadia C.
Fadia C6 years ago

This is nonsense

Paul T.
Paul T.6 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

Also, Elizabeth R, to young mother's like myself, I do not consider my child a burden but a blessing, and I did not "throw my life away" to raise my son. Yes, I had dreams, and yes, my plans had to change. And you know what? After I saw my son, a whole new set of dreams formed. He may be the person to change this world, and instead of aborting him and having his blood on my hands, I get to watch him laugh and play and grow and talk. No person without children can understand, and for those who aborted just for convenience, shame on you. If you are worriedabout overpopulation, should you not consider yourself part of that problem?
I hate that women have babies they can't afford, but just to let you know, my husband makes approx $200-$250 a week, and I am a stay at home mom. We are both very young, we have been married for two yrs and my son just turned one. We have struggled, but we are NOT on welfare, we do NOT get food stamps, and we both paid our rent and bills with part time jobs in High School. It CAN be done. We aren't rich, but we don't waste our money on frivolous things, and we even have been able to build a savings account for our future AND for my son's college. If a teen mom is willing, she CAN make it, and I know that I am a better person now than I was before my son. He IS my dream, he IS my future, and I threw nothing away.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

My biological mother wasn't young and still we all ended up in foster care. I AM a young mother and my husband and I support our son just fine, and many of these comments are very offensive. To insinuate that a mother is unfit just because she is young is ignorant; I know plenty of young mothers who are doing just fine. Children are not some enemy to be anihilated, but women (and men) who go around sleeping with every person they can ARE the enemy. I support birth control... but why abort a child simply because the mother is young? What's next, an age limit? You can't go through with a pregnancy unless you are 25 or older? What happened to women's rights pro choicers?

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

The world has too many humans already.

Ashley Pepe
Ashley Pepe6 years ago

Why are so many people negative about young mothers here? Just because they're working to support their child and put themselves through college doesn't mean she didn't want or mean to have that child. I'm pro-choice but find it shocking so many people commented 'should of had an abortion to save tax dollars supporting her kid' - what's so awful about children?? Are all you Negative Nellys childless or something? I had so much negative flack having my son at 23 and I was MARRIED. Sure, I look younger than I am but mind your own damn business. Having a child enriches and changes your life so drastically. Majority of teens/young moms you ask "If you could go back, and decide not to keep your kid, would you?" will say HELL NO I can't imagine life without them.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

I do not celebrate or support stupidity. I will support birth control and brains in not having children the rest of us have to eventually support.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

I think this is nonsense. No one has ever been left out on Mother's Day unless they have been left out my their families.

Janet G.
Janet G6 years ago

I haven been a licensed foster mother to teenage boys for the past 25 years and have seen the effects of poor parenting by young mothers, even with the support of the young mother's parents or other adults. So many of the boys who came into my home were from single mothers on government aid. The boys have mostly grown up without fathers actively taken part in their lives and the boys are resentful. Of course, there are always a few single mothers who dedicate themselves to their children and are good mothers. However, that has not been the norm in my experience.

Dan L.
Dan L6 years ago

Leo I,

Sorry, but you are wrong. Women who don't have children tend to be better looking than women who do. Lots of women get ruined by childbirth. They never regain their bodies.

Many of the folks who post such things do have humans to share with, but I guess that is just a bit too subtle for you. My girlfriend posts pictures of her dog all the time, and has no interest in children. She is in her 30's, and is 5'6"/110 lbs. with long blond hair. She did not exactly lack for suitors before I entered her life. I'm sorry things are not the way you want them to be.

Oh well. We can't all have Caltech brains.