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Posted On: 30th Jun 2014

Young Parents Fix on ITV

Fixer Lauryn Breslan
Lauryn speaking to teens about her campaign
Teacher Fay Churchill from Teign School

Having experienced verbal abuse from strangers for being a young mum, Lauryn Breslan from Devon is challenging negative stereotypes of young parents.

 

She's also taking another step with her campaign and advising teenagers to wait until they are older to have children.

 

Her story was broadcast on ITV News West Country (W) on Thursday 3rd July.

 

The 21-year-old mother from Newton Abbott thinks the public are quick to jump to conclusions when it comes to young parents.

 

‘I live with my fiancé Dan, we rent our own house and he is the father of both of my children. Dan's job is luckily enough to support us all,' explains Lauryn.

 

‘However, I regularly get things shouted at me in the street. People stop to tell me their opinion on my life or they give me dirty looks and stare at me.'

 

Dan Smith, Lauryn’s partner, adds: ‘Young parents do get a hard time. It’s quite upsetting and distressing but we try as hard as we can. It involves a lot of growing up.’

 

As part of her Fixers campaign, Lauryn is also visiting schools to educate teenagers about the challenges of being a young parent, such as struggling to continue with education.

 

‘Luckily for me being a teen parent worked out well but ideally I would have waited at least ten years before I’d have had children.

 

‘Even though I had my daughter when I was 17, I’ve gone on to do my A levels and get a diploma in beauty – but it’s not a good situation to be in.’

 

Teacher Fay Churchill from Teign School also is interviewed in the broadcast piece, showing her support for the campaign.

 

‘I think Lauryn’s project is extremely important and very valuable,’ she says.

 

‘The students today certainly understood more about the situations they may get themselves into and the boys realised the responsibility is theirs and not just the girls.’

 

Lauryn adds: ‘There isn’t enough sex education in schools.

 

‘It’s all very well knowing about how to use contraception but they don’t tell you what happens when it fails.

 

‘Young people should see it isn’t just a cute baby - it will change your life forever.’

 

 

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Author: Cara Laithwaite

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