A wonderful post at RH Reality Check by Lauren Bruce, web designer (of this blog and many others), founder of Feministe, and former teen mother: A Wish List for Young Parents. It’s full of win, as the kids say these days, especially:
Young parents need safe, affordable housing in which to raise their children. Moreover, their housing should not be yanked out from under them based on their marital or partnered status. Marriage isn’t magic. Marriage doesn’t protect you from finding out your partner is a lying, cheating, alcoholic loser. People don’t become single parents because they stupid, they became single parents because they can’t predict the future, one of the reasons that the “you should have known better” approach to single mothers is so infuriating. Nobody enters a marriage planning to divorce, nobody enters a relationship optimistically anticipating a nasty break up, and endless nights of arguments and crying jags are not elements of a good relationship or stable household or happy childhood.
Read the whole thing.