Parents of 12-year-old mum are not helping the situation

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The saying ‘Broken Britain’ gets bandied about quite a bit nowadays and it’s no surprise when you pick up the paper and are presented with headlines proclaiming ‘Britain’s youngest parents’.

The baby’s mother is 12 and father is 13. The mother became pregnant when she was 11 and still at primary school.

A primary school child was having a relationship with a Year 9 pupil and her parents thought this was okay.

This is wrong on so many levels. Now we have children bringing up a child. This is exactly what is wrong with this country – what a waste of three childhoods.

My kids like bouncing around on the trampoline, chasing each other with snails, eating ice creams and drawing unicorns.

When did being a child become ‘uncool’?

Apparently the parents have been together for a year, ‘so it’s no fleeting romance’. Wow, that’s commitment for you, 21st century style. And probably one of the stupidest things I’ve heard for a while – 11-year-olds aren’t capable of being in or understanding relationships.

My two eldest girls, who aren’t far off this age, have to be reminded to clean their teeth, tidy their room and can barely look after the iPods they got from Father Christmas, let alone look after a baby.

Apparently the parents don’t feel any shame about this and are proud of their daughter. I’d be absolutely mortified and would be questioning where I went wrong as a parent, if, God forbid, something like this happened to my children.

The father went on to say the parents are ‘very into each other, totally in love. She is obsessed with him. She sees this as true love. They want to get married.’

This father really does need to take a look at himself – he really hasn’t and isn’t helping the situation.

I can see the headlines in 10 years time. ‘22-year-old mother-of-nine wants bigger house’.

They say records are there to be broken and I suspect sadly this one will also go and there will be more headlines and ruined childhoods and the cycle will go on. And society becomes more and more blasé about the whole thing until it becomes the norm.