Teen moms can often feel overwhelmed and hopeless. But Mary Jenkins, a mom to five who became pregnant with her first at age fourteen, offers her story as encouragement to the scared and hurting through her book, Fourteen and Pregnant: A Letter of Hope from My Journey into Unplanned Parenthood.
Fourteen and Pregnant, a self-help and encouragement book, is written for the young girl who might find herself unexpectedly pregnant. Jenkins’s story is inspirational. Though she has found happiness and meaning now, she had to overcome challenges, regrets, and heartbreaks along the way. She offers readers hope by writing words of healing and strength.
While having a baby at such a young age was unplanned, the experience became one of Jenkins’ greatest blessings. The relationship she now shares with her daughter, Vichica, is rich. She appreciates all she learned in assuming such weighty responsibility early on. Jenkins gives the teen reader hope that life will get better. While a young mom might feel life is over with her baby’s birth, it can actually be the beginning of their best chapter yet.
Fourteen and Pregnant is for anyone, not just young girls who are pregnant or just women. The book highlights things Jenkins went through and how having a positive mindset helped her overcome many obstacles leading to where she is today.
Jenkins says, “You are stronger than you think. Growing up, you will face adversity challenges. People will throw stones. You will always face judgment and criticism; however, if you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. I want to let these teen moms, single moms, and young girls know that nothing should stop you from achieving your goals and dreams.” She adds, “To always follow your dreams and to make it a reality, you must put in work. I was there. I embarked on this journey, and this is my confession and revelation to let them know that yes, life is hard, but if you put God first and have faith, everything will turn out how you want your life to be. You must have a plan and always chase it. It is rewarding when you start to see and feel that all your hard work has paid off, because you never gave up on yourself.”
Mary Jenkins is the author of Fourteen and Pregnant. She is a mom of five kids and a wife to Jermaine. A jack of all trades, she loves to coach others and is passionate about personal development and growth. Jenkins is currently studying psychology at Sinclair Community College, has earned a life coaching certification from New Skills Academy, obtained The Science of Well-Being Certification offered by Yale, and is a licensed manicurist, having received her degree from Ohio State School of Cosmetology. A native of Columbus, Ohio, she enjoys family time, cooking, traveling, and is passionate about helping younger girls who have gone through situations similar to what she describes in her book.
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