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Old 02-18-2018, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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No, the average was to be married AT 20, not BY 20. Big difference.
If they're talking median age 20, half were married before 20. I knew a fair number who married by 19 back in the 60s.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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There's nothing wrong with having babies as a teen as long as you're married and have the financial resources to raise the kids. It's better to have kids young. 17 isn't that big of a deal, she'll be 18 soon. Someone in my family became a father at 15 and he's done just fine as a dad. Lots of other family members have married and had kids at 16. It used to be the norm in the fifties.
I don't know any teens (and having taught hs, I know a LOT of teens) who have the financial resources themselves to raise kids.
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Old 02-21-2018, 06:15 PM
 
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I don't know any teens (and having taught hs, I know a LOT of teens) who have the financial resources themselves to raise kids.
I'm 41 and still don't despite being well employed and relatively financially secure.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:28 PM
 
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No, it was not, unless of course you meant 1950 BC. In the 1950s (CE), the average age for marriage was 22 for males a 20 for females. And for good reason: teen marriage is directly linked with lower levels of education, and higher rates of poverty, poor education, and divorce, and a greater number of children.
Society has a problem with imposing educational timelines on teens.

Teens have more energy and they are more fertile than other age groups - this means society should mentor them as parents when it happens. Many do finish their educations btw.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:55 PM
 
Location: The Jar
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I don't know any teens (and having taught hs, I know a LOT of teens) who have the financial resources themselves to raise kids.
Yeah, and most of their parents bow out of that aspect by running their child and financial responsibility down to gov't agency and signing them up for benefits--including those benefits that cover the entire hospital bill.
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Greater LA area
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There's nothing wrong with having babies as a teen as long as you're married and have the financial resources to raise the kids. It's better to have kids young. 17 isn't that big of a deal, she'll be 18 soon. Someone in my family became a father at 15 and he's done just fine as a dad. Lots of other family members have married and had kids at 16. It used to be the norm in the fifties.
wow.
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