Aww

Aww

The challenge I had to face when I was in elementary is that I couldn’t say my R’s so I had to take speech therapy. When I would say something with an R in it, it would turn out as “Aww”. Kids would laugh at me. My family and teaher would try to correct me and then the teacher set up a speech therapy class for me wehre two girls would bring flash cards with words and sentences that had R’s in them. There was also another girl that had the same problem as me. Soon I didn’t feel left out and noticed I wasn’t the only one that can’t pronounce words right. Me and the other girl became friends and enjoyed getting help with our speech. When the two girls that helped us with our speech noticed we were talking better, they knew right away that we didn’t need help any more.  I felt like the happiest person ever and was thankful I go the help. After that kids started noticing I can talk properly, I never got teased again.  Being able to talk properly gave me the confidence that I am not the only person in the world that ever had a problem with speech.

– Destiny Bruce 

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Bad Kid

Bad Kid

Before I became pregnant with my son, I was in a group home my whole teenage life and was teased for being in there. People would say I had bad parents and they would call me a “groupie”. I was usually labeled as a Bad Kid simply for the reason of me being in a group home. As a child, I was sexually assaulted from my step mom’s dad and my father was stabbed five times from my “ex-step-mom” boyfriend. I was traumatized  and it took a lot of time to open up about both situations. But in the long run, I’ve learned to deal with handling my emotions and feelings in a positive way. I’ve learned my strongest qualities and learned to use them in a way that I would benefit from them. Every situation made me stronger, courageous and accepting of life’s challenges.

– Anonymous 

Friends

Friends

I used to party, drink and do drugs every weekend. Sometimes we’d even party on weeknights. That’s just what me and my friends liked to do. It helped us to open up and connect with each other. I lived with one of the girls I partied with and she was supposed to be my best friend.

Then I found out that I was pregnant. Me and my boyfriend lost all of our friends and I lost my place to live. She made up lies about me. She, her mom and some of my “friends” told me that my child was going to have down syndrome, that I’d never be able to support her and that I’d be doing her a favor by getting an abortion.

Before my daughter I was selfish, careless, and stupid. I worried about what my friend’s thought, how I dressed, and how much money we had for the weekend. I’ve been clean since I found out. I worry about being a good role model, what kind of person I want her to be and how much homework I need to do in order to graduate.

I have a lot better friends now then they ever could have been.  My daughter was born perfectly healthy. She is the most beautiful, innocent, little creature that I’ve ever met and I will always put her happiness before mine. I have lost, but I’ve gained a whole lot more than I ever thought I deserved.

– Taylor Bridge 

Becoming A Teen Mom

Becoming A Teen Mom

Becoming a teen mom at the age of seventeen I was faced with many conflicts that people my age would not have to experience later in their lives. Becoming a young parent forced me to give up my teenage way of life and grow up a lot sooner that I was expected to. I lost many friends along the way, mainly because I had lost much of my freedom and had to prepare myself for motherhood. However, even though I gave up my teenage life, I gained a son and I wouldn’t change anything about him or my new life. Once I became a parent I gave up my bad habits with marihuana and alcohol and grew into a responsible young adult.

Before I became pregnant with my son, I was in a group home my whole teenage life and was teased for being in there. People would say I had bad parents and they would call me a “groupie”. I was usually labeled as a Bad Kid simply for the reason of me being in a group home. As a child, I was sexually assaulted from my step mom’s dad and my father was stabbed five times from my “ex-step-mom” boyfriend. I was traumatized  and it took a lot of time to open up about both situations. But in the long run, I’ve learned to deal with handling my emotions and feelings in a positive way. I’ve learned my strongest qualities and learned to use them in a way that I would benefit from them. Every situation made me stronger, courageous and accepting of life’s challenges.

– Anonymous 

Challenges I Have Faced

Challenges I Have Faced

When I first got to Quebec not knowing French and being at a new school where everyone spoke French was extremely scary for me. When I got to the school everyone whispered things to each other in French and laughed. I didn’t know if it was about me or not, but it made me feel uncomfortable. Once when I asked a person, “how do you say if I could go to the washroom”, they would tell me something totally different and then I would go and tell the teacher the way they had told me to say it, and everyone started laughing. At that moment I knew that what I had said was not what I was really trying to say. It made me very embarrassed; to the point I never when back to school. I just decided to skip all the time. I wish sometimes people would have respect towards people who are just trying to learn and trying to have a better life. I believe people should not be put in spots that will make them feel lower.

– Anonymous 

My Daughters… My Life, My Story

My Daughters… My Life, My Story 

My challenge is being a teen parent and getting judged everyday because of it. I go around looking for places, viewing places and once they see that I am a teen parent, they judge me or change their attitude towards me. They look at me like I am not responsible enough to have my own place. When people judge me like that, I get discouraged and doubt myself. I go through this everyday and everywhere I go with my kids. Most people give me dirty looks or make remarks under their breath. But what makes me overcome these challenges is seeing the other young mothers here at Braemar, how they keep coming to school too and facing some of the challenges I have to everyday and knowing I am not alone. The biggest thing that helps me overcome the challenge is my kids. I’ll do everything and anything I can for them to have a better life than I did. When I hold them, or see them, I feel like I have no problems, no worries, not caring what others think. I feel like I have the whole world in my hands.

– Anonymous