“Being a teen mother at 17, changed my life. I remember looking into my baby’s big blue eyes and I was determined he would have different parenting than I did. I didn’t want him to feel unloved or uneducated like I felt. So, I signed up for emotional intelligence classes and I signed up for a parenting class that I went to once a week for many years. And then I sent him off to Duke University where he will be a senior next year. I have three more children and all of those parenting and education skills trickled down to them as well. And, after getting my GED I also received my EMT and nursing licenses. And most recently I’ve become a licensed real estate agent.” Amanda Tafoya is a real estate agent in Taos, New Mexico.
“The birth of my son completely crystallized all of my priorities. Anything other than my son moved into 2nd, 3rd, 4th place. He is still my foundation from which I live my life.” – Judy Walgren is the editorial director at Viewfind.com.
“Having a child has changed my life. I didn’t go to college but I did want to go. Now I am just trying to make it in this town without a college degree. But even if you do have a college degree the options are either working at Walmart or working some job on the Plaza. Rent is expensive and the locals can’t afford it. Motherhood is hard and I am just trying to get enough sleep. I still feel like I have bouts of postpartum depression and I am just trying to have enough motivation to get out of bed.” – Ella Romancito is a young mother living in Taos, New Mexico.