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Marilee J. Layman

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03:39 pm: Decorations
I don't have any, of course, but my neighbors are going all out this year. Some of them have Christmas decorations that almost pack the outside of their condos.

I had things to mail this week and they all waited until today when I thought the post office would be closed in the afternoon. It wasn't, but fortunately there was only one person in front of me at the APM.

The WashPost is running a series on Latinos in the US, with the final article tomorrow, and I'll put up the link tomorrow or Monday. But yesterday's was about teen pregnancy and a 16-year-old says of her baby: "When you have your own baby, you could do anything with her. You can change her outfits any time." That sure sounds more like a baby doll to me, than a real live baby.



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Date:December 14th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Sadly, teenagers think that having a baby is exactly like having a doll. Then the reality hits of having to actually take care of the baby and then the abuse starts or the child gets dumped at grandma's. My neighbor's teen was talking about how cool it would be to have a baby to dress up. At the time my son was only 6 months, so I had her come over and act as a mother's helper for a few weeks. By the end of the month, she declared she never wanted to have a baby. The reality of poopie diapers and spit up, was too much for her. maybe if all 13 year olds had to help out at daycare centers and change a few dozen stinky diapers, there'd be far less teenage pregnancy.
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Date:December 14th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
That was a great thing to do, Ida! Yeah, required daycare work might really let them see what being mothers is like. I knew I didn't want kids much earlier, but my folks used to loan me out to people with new babies and it was never fun.
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