Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Teen Parents - Listen Up

Mediation is for adults AND teens. If you are a parent, regardless of your age, mediation is a cost-effective, beneficial, and less hostile process for determining a Parenting Plan for your child. It is a concerning statistic, however, teen pregnancy accounts for 1 out of every 10 births and 39% of every 1,000 births.(  Unmarried teens are not immune from the legal consequences of child-rearing.  Any MTV-watching teen has seen episodes of Teen Mom or 16 and Pregnant where teen parents have attended family mediation to work out their Parenting Plans for time-sharing schedules and child support. It is important to encourage teens to seek out a family mediator as opposed to going before a judge. Teens should learn to cooperate without hostility early on regarding the interests of their child. Mediation will set the stage for a positive relationship for the teen parents as their child grows up.