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Bristol Palin Rejoice! Kids of Teen Moms Live Longer

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Teen moms like Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin tend to get a ton of negative publicity -- but it turns out they're actually helping their children.

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We're not trying to encourage more teens to start families, but getting pregnant at a young age may be one of the best things you can do to help your kid live a long life.

Scientists at the University of Chicago have discovered kids born to mothers under the age of 25 are TWICE as likely to live to age 100 versus those born to older moms. It's believed young women may have better eggs in terms of quantity and quality -- so they produce healthier offspring.

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Liza  October 16, 2008, 8:35 PM

You should include the study that found children of teen parents have a higher risk of suicide and depression as well. Also, those “teen parent children” that are living to 100 LIVED DURING A TIME when being married and pregnant at 13-15 was NORMAL! My grandma had her first child at 15 but is in no way and should never be the norm. Obviously life has CHANGED significantly over the last 100 years (since apparently this children are 100 now)

Crystal October 17, 2008, 1:03 AM

I agree Liza …Im turning 20 this month …I had my 15mnth when I was 18TEEN 1/2…Im a great single mom =) ..I dont think my son is going to commit suicide or have depression. So this article is makes me happy that hes going to live a great happy long life ! thanks for your feed back though ;)

Phyllis October 17, 2008, 10:13 AM

I am glad to see this. I am 21 a mom of two. My husband and I actually are happy that we decided to have our children at this age. It works out for all of us, I think age doesnt really matter to much. I mean we have our own, place a great jobs( real careers), are a doing an excellent job raising our little girls. I wouldnt reccommend being w young mom but I also would NOT condemn them.

Just Me October 17, 2008, 12:04 PM

It’s about time we hear something positive about kids born to teen mothers. I had my son when I was 16. While I do believe I made some negative choices (before I got pregnant), I wouldn’t change the outcome for the world.

I wouldn’t suggest to ANY teenager to set out to have a child at such a young age. But I sure wouldn’t bash a teen for choosing to take on the responsibility of raising a child if they happened to get pregnant.

Liza October 17, 2008, 4:35 PM

I would NEVER condemn or bash anyone for choosing to keep a child and raise them, I think it gives a strength to any woman of any age…I just find this being made to “broad” when the study is for woman “under the age of 25” and isn’t a study of teen parents and this writer decided to make it about that. I have a good friend who had her first baby at 17 and although it’s been very hard for her, she is an amazing mother.

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