dclark0699 wrote:Teenage pregnancy is the biggest problem in the United States and directly causes many of our other serious problems. Even if the parents "step up to the plate" they still are not going to be in position monetarily and in terms of maturity to take care of a child. A lot of the success done by teenage parents is the result of the grandparents.
For what it's worth, I'd say obesity is a bigger problem than teenage pregnancy on a nationwide scale. I believe teenage pregnancy is down a good deal from where it was, say 20 years ago (even though from what I hear, it's back on the rise again).
Having a supportive family truly helps but I think in the end, there's a mutual awareness that the teenage parents are first and foremost responsibility in how they raise their children; the grandparents and other relatives are there for support on a wide range of levels. Of course, there will be some teenage parents that neglect this responsibility to varying degrees (one of my cousins is an example) and there will be parents that unfortunately don't have that support net, but there are parents who learn to persevere on their own and do an awesome job of it.