Being a parent changes a teens’ life forever. About 750,000 teens become parents every year. Ninety percent of these are unplanned. Many teens are not ready financially, mentally or physically. This may be because they’re still growing up themselves. Teenagers may be unsure where to get help or feel confident in discussing sudden changes in their lives. As a teen parent , you face special challenges. These may center around: (1) Dealing with family and friends reactions. (2) Will they support you, be angry or disappointed. (3) Consider how you will raise a child (4) Will the mother and father share equal responsibilities. (4) You will need to be unselfish and prepare for another life. (5) Financial problems may become a burden. A teenager can learn ways to deal with these challenges. A responsible teen parent can be successful. Success starts with good prenatal care and eating healthy. Avoid harmful habits i.e. Smoking, using drugs or alcohol. The expectant father can help by encouraging prenatal care and avoiding the same harmful habits as mom. Once the baby is born, keep your baby safe and healthy. Use approved Car seat safety and a safety strap. Breast feeding is recommended for the healthiest outcome of a newborn. Skin to Skin contact is essential. It’s important to bond, talk to and hold your baby. Teen pregnancy can bring on lots of stress. Find someone you trust to watch your baby –“Take a break!” Attend to your emotional needs. Teen parents may have had goals for their lives. Once baby’s caregiving needs are secured. These goals can be attained. Some may include completing their education, marriage and obtaining gainful employment . Parenthood may be the biggest change in life you will ever make. Face the responsibilities– and enjoy the Rewards!