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    One of my senior high school students is pregnant and I had decided to make her a baby quilt. I had told her to let me know as soon as she knew the sex. She found out last week it will be a boy, so I went and bought some suitable fabric this past weekend. Yesterday I told her I had gotten the fabric and thought she would like it. She told me "i'll love it no matter what because you are making it from scratch for me." This is one of my difficult kids. So nice when you manage a rapport with them.

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    That is so nice of you to do that for her. In is obvious that she will treasure it. By the way, do you have a Nurse Family Partnership program in your area? It would be a great support and resource for her. It is free of charge. Google for more info.

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    Usually they can get on WIC and get free food and formula when baby arrives Usually through the health department. What a way of bonding with her!

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    That is very nice of you to do that. I'm sure she needs all the positive strokes she can get.
    I'm sure that it shows my age when I tell you that it blows my mind to read 'One of my senior high school students is pregnant'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    That is very nice of you to do that. I'm sure she needs all the positive strokes she can get.
    I'm sure that it shows my age when I tell you that it blows my mind to read 'One of my senior high school students is pregnant'.
    She's a senior so it could have been worse. We have kids that graduate with two or more kids already. I'm probably in your age group but have been working in a district where many, many kids are at risk. So I have lost my surprise at this over the years. We try to scare them into not getting pregnant but once they are all you can do is support the best you can. This kid can be tough but she can also be very sweet.

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    She should be able to get on WIC now. They give healthy food for the mothers also.

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    Thank you for doing that for her! She'll remember it always! :thumbup:

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    Wonderful of you to do that for her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    That is very nice of you to do that. I'm sure she needs all the positive strokes she can get.
    I'm sure that it shows my age when I tell you that it blows my mind to read 'One of my senior high school students is pregnant'.
    I think the difference in the age groups is that 40 years ago if you were pregnant you were not allowed to continue high school and many girls were sent away in secret to have their babies. This has been happening forever. It is much more common now and handled in a much different way. Don't get me wrong, I know it is not the best way, but that is how it is. Good for those people who are out there helping them.
    If the girls have the right support their lives can be turned around.

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    Glad she has someone in her life that can and will be there for her. :wink: :thumbup:

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    What a wonderful thing you are doing! My oldest DD was also a pregnant senior. It hurt but I wouldn't take anything in the world for my precious granddaughter. DD was luckier than some other seniors in her class. Although DH and I were hurt and disappointed, we supported and love our DD. She is now married to Lexi's Daddy and they also have a precious little boy. DD and SIL have come along way in the past 5 years. I am very proud of both of them.

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    i also work w/ at-risk kids and there is absolutely nothing better than one of the kids you feel like you've beaten your head against the wall "gets it" - whatever "it" is, even appreciation for something you're doing.

    Congrats to you!

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    Let your student know I am proud that she chose to give the baby life and not get an abortion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjchad
    One of my senior high school students is pregnant and I had decided to make her a baby quilt. I had told her to let me know as soon as she knew the sex. She found out last week it will be a boy, so I went and bought some suitable fabric this past weekend. Yesterday I told her I had gotten the fabric and thought she would like it. She told me "i'll love it no matter what because you are making it from scratch for me." This is one of my difficult kids. So nice when you manage a rapport with them.
    That is great! You just put a big smile on my face. Becoming a mom at a young age is very difficult. I had me first at 17 and I had to grow up fast. I'm so glad that you did that for her. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Lovely thing to do for her and the baby. Life is pretty tough on young, single parents....great that she will have a mentor in you.

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    That is so nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca
    i also work w/ at-risk kids and there is absolutely nothing better than one of the kids you feel like you've beaten your head against the wall "gets it" - whatever "it" is, even appreciation for something you're doing.

    Congrats to you!
    I also worked with at risk parent for 15 years and there is nothing more rewarding than to see them now and have them say what a difference I made!!

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    That's a kind and loving gesture on your part. She will remember your goodness all her life. Everyone needs someone in their corner. I wish her well.

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    That's wonderful, and you know she will treasure that quilt always!

    I teach beginning sewing I and II in a continuation high school (if you aren't familiar with this type of school, it's for kids who are off track to graduate. They can either get back on track with us and go back to their home school, or stay with us and graduate).

    Two of my girls are pregnant and I have given them projects to make for their babies. So far we have completed/working on rag quilts (even one of the boys made one for his room!), burp cloths, and bibs. They are working with cottons, flannels, and terrycloth and utilizing the sergers and embroidery machines (as well as the sewing machines).

    They both have a rough road ahead, but working on these projects, and the positive comments they are getting from friends and family (my goodness, YOU made that, how wonderful) hopefully will give them added confidence.

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    What a sweet thing for her to say.

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    I'm sure she'll treasure it and remember your kindness forever.

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    Aw, you are doing such a nice thing, really made me smile this morning!

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    My DD got pregnant at 16 and had her precious son 3 months early - 12 days after she turned 17. We had 3 long months in NICU and some scary times when we thought he wouldn't make it. He is now a precious 7 year old. We took care of him while she completed her junior and senior year. They need all the support they can get. She learned the hard way that no matter what we will always love her.

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    How right you are when you build a good rapport with them it feels like such a blessing. Where I taught, all of the kids were difficult ones. I miss connecting with them all the time. I'm sure she will be the better for having you as a mentor and friend.

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    What a good story. I am thankful that my biological Mother gave me up for adoption. I was able to meet my biological Mother & her family in '95 and I know it was Gods plan for her to give me up. My life was wonderful growing up and I just lost my father last year at age 94. It is hard having a child so young, you just have to decide, just like our Mothers did. Life is tough !!

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