I’m not going to snark at two nineteen-year-old unmarried parents. The teenagers should be in college or finding their way in life in work or adventure. The baby is real, and deserves parents who are able to care for him.
But these particular teenage parents are supposed to be a national model for whatever spin Sarah Palin’s fans put on the whole situation. Honestly, I get so confused between their abstinence message and the glory of teenage parenthood that I just have to tune it out.
Last time I went to buy groceries, Sarah and Bristol were on the cover of some mag with a headline about how they ‘chose life’. They represent the best possible conditions for being able to support children– rich, large family, huge fan club. In spite of that, money is short, and Bristol is suing for child support.
Paging Social Work Consult! Get someone with sense to mediate this situation. Both Bristol and Levi have had more cash thrown at them in a year than most people see in twenty.
‘Choose life’ is a great slogan. Parenthood is not so uplifting. It’s a commitment that is lived every day, always. Fights about money when the child is small are nothing compared to the challenges ahead. If the Palin family is able to set an example, let them work this one out with some dignity.
Other American families are facing the same challenges, without wealth or fame.