I hear that sentiment expressed a lot, even from my own mother. I just think it's a silly excuse and it kind of irks me when I hear it. I think being a mother is a choice, and unless you give that child up for adoption you've made the decision to woman up and be responsible.
I was 19 when I got pregnant with DS. I made the choice to get married and have a baby, so I have put him first ever since.
Thoughts? Am I being overly sensitive?
ETA - I think a lot of people misunderstood the post. When my mother, and others say they are "too young to be a mother" it always seems to be meant to excuse some degree of neglect or ineptitude. Also, the funny thing is that my mother was 26 when she had me (her first).
I've never had someone question my ability to parent or imply that I can't do it because I was young. I'm not sure if it's because I wasn't in a typical 19 y/o position/lifestyle or because I have always behaved like an older woman. Or perhaps it's even because I don't look like or dress as if I were your typical young mom. Some people never grow up, while others are mature at a very young age.