Teen Parenting

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On this episode of the Top Knot Squad, we will be discussing the topic of teen parenting. According to the CDC, while teen pregnancy rates have been on the decline, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is still substantially higher than in other western industrialized nations. We also know that access to evidence-based prevention programs and/or youth-friendly contraceptive and reproductive health services do not exist in all states, making this topic even more complex. Parenting is hard, but parenting teens brings on a new range of concerns for parents as they navigate the best way to help teens make healthy choices about relationships, sex, birth control and beyond.

We didn’t want to tackle this topic alone, so today we are excited to have our friend (and official TKS photographer!!), Jessica Rockowitz joining the conversation. Jessica was herself a teen mom and is passionate about supporting teen parents and creating space to discuss this sensitive issue. Jessica is a mom of three kids, ages 14, 5, and 3. She is originally from Boston but relocated with her family to the Austin area three years ago. She is a former OB/GYN Nurse Educator but left the profession in 2015 to pursue marketing and digital media. She purchased a DSLR to take better photos for her clients, fell deeply in love, and has now taken the leap into a full-time photography business. Jessica is passionate about writing, travel, supporting young parents, and drinking iced coffee.

Learn more by visiting the Top Knot Squad blog.

Resources:

Jessica Rocowitz Photography & Film

Planned Parenthood

It’s NOT the Stork

AISD Elementary Lesson Overviews (Grades 3-5) Human Sexuality Curriculum

AISD Elementary Lesson Overviews (Grades 6-8) Human Sexuality Curriculum

AISD High School Sexuality and Responsibility

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