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Embracing Young Mom, Ame

Briefly introduce yourself – name, age, location, age of baby etc.

Hi, my name is Amé and I’m a stay at home mummy. I fell pregnant at 18, have been happily married for 2 years to the father of my little angel, who is now 15 months old and I live in Pretoria.

What’s your favourite thing about being a mom?

Favourite “thing” joh… It’s impossible to narrow it down to one singular thing. When you’re a mother, the smallest things bring you the greatest of joys.. (This bubbling feeling inside of you mixed with joy and love is almost unimaginable until you have a little gift of your own ) but what makes it awesome to be a mom… Is the unconditional love and joy I receive.

What is one misconception people have about young moms?

Society likes tagging and judging young mothers of today, they often think that child was only conceived with alcohol, unplanned, or by sleeping around.

Tell us how society could support young parents better?

Society can support young mothers first and foremost by not passing judgement – it’s the one thing we could use less of. It’s hard raising a child when everyone is constantly criticising and looking down on you. It gets to a person. Doesn’t matter how old you are.

What is your dream for your child/ children?

That he’d find a career he’s passionate about, and the lessons that I’ve taught him will reflect on his life and actions. And last but not least, find his soulmate who will be by his side until the end and love him unconditionally.

Finish this sentence: I want you to know that…

Becoming a mother does not mean your life comes to an end!!!! It simply means a new adventurous chapter will be starting. Being a young mother does not make you any less of a woman or person than any of the older mothers. You are more than capable of raising a child to your best effort whether you’re married or single, with your parents or without. Age is only a number at the end of the day.

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