Our family may be "unconventional" but it works for us.
My husband and I have been together for almost 19 yrs. We started dating when we were 14 and became parents for the first time when we were 16. We didn't have our second child until we were 21 but a few months after he was born we gained custody of my brother's 3 oldest children. So we went from a 5 yr and a 3 month old to adding an 8 yr old, 6 yr old, and 5 yr old to our 2 bedroom apartment. By 2005 we added 2 more children.
Now our children are 21, 18, 17, 15, 12, 9, & 8. We have basic rules that everyone follows including their friends. We openly discuss sex, drugs, STD's, drinking, and everyday pressures they face. We allow access to condoms and other forms a BC.
One of our rules is absolutly no dating until age 16. School always comes first. Grades are to remain in good standing at all times.
Most would not agree with how we run our home or raise our children but it works for us. This is the first generation in 3 generations that no one has gotten pregnant or gotten someone pregnant in high school in our family.
My kids will still hug me and give me a kiss and say I love you in front of their friends. They talk to us about problems they are having. When they have messed up they come tell us.
Yes I was young when I became a mom but I would not change my life for anything. Successful businesses I share with my husband, happy healthy children, overall a great life.
If someone wants to judge me for the happiness in my life. Then go ahead I will not apologize for who I am.