When Do You Say 'Congratulations' Instead Of 'Oh, Shit' When They Say They're Pregnant?

When Do You Say 'Congratulations' Instead Of 'Oh, Shit' When They Say They're Pregnant?

I know it's hard to say when you should.

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What is an acceptable age to congratulate your friends on becoming pregnant?!

Well, in this day and age it's hard to say when you should and shouldn't congratulate them, because kids now a days just keep having babies at the age of 16 and expect everyone to be so excited for them. I mean don't get me wrong i am not shaming teen moms by any means because a couple of my friends are teen moms and are succeeding in life for being young moms!

I am just going to say that, i don't honestly think there is a number on when to congratulate someone on becoming a mom! Honestly because women are ready to be moms at all different ages! A women who is 20 years old or older might struggle to be a mom but that young 16 year old mom you are all judging is doing great, being a mom!

You see there really is not a "right" age to become a mom, but in today's society there is a stigma put on young girls who become mothers at a young age. With this stigma many people in the older generation (i.e. Generation X and the baby boomers ) feel conflicted to congratulate someone on a pregnancy if they are not doing things the "traditional way" but that's just the way they were raised. One thing these older generations need to realize is that they are now in the modern age, times have changed and there is now new ways of doing things. Yes the idea of tradition still exists but people are not as strict about following them.

I mean i am not a mom, but I know how it affected my friends at such a young age. Not being able to come hangout with us all at the mall anymore, but that comes with being a good mom, being able to give up everyday things to be there for your child! Not every mom can say that, I know some women that have children that would rather go out and drink and party than spend time with their children, that would rather spend money on cigarettes than by diapers or whatever the child needs because they are so selfish!

So, i guess what i am trying to say is that there are some hardships to face when becoming a mom at such a young age, but if you fight through and step up to the plate for your child you will succeed at being a mom! I am also trying to say that becoming a mom at any age isn't going to be easy, but you have to give up some stuff just to provide for your child!

Being a mom is not an easy task, but once you hold that child for the first time, and watch them grow it's going to be worth giving up things for!

So for all you moms out there, keep up the work! You got this!

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.

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The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!

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