A teen mom who became pregnant at the age of 14 just passed her BTECs.
16-year-old Melissa McCabe from Tranmere, UK, brought her baby boy into the world two years ago.
Back then, she was heavily criticized by her school peers at Birkenhead’s Ridgeway High School while dealing with the coronavirus situation, studying full time, and taking care of her child.
Fortunately, she pushed through the storm and has now earned her passes in Business, Travel and Tourism, and Animal Care.
‘When I first realised I was pregnant, I was worried my only choice would be to drop out of school to care for Arthur. I decided to continue with education and I’m so happy I did.
‘I’m really proud of myself and my results. There’s always going to be a little voice nagging in my head that I could’ve done better but I’ve honestly worked so hard to get to this point.
‘I once had a teacher tell me I was never going to make it and that was before I had Arthur, so to prove them wrong has felt amazing!
Melissa is determined to remove the stigma around young, single parents who are facing harsh criticism every day.
She went on to say:
‘As a teen mum, there’s a lot of preconceived stereotypes which come along with the title.
‘I’ve had adults make snide comments at me, like it’s their taxes paying for my son, and that I’m not fit to be a mum.
‘I’ve stayed in education in order to provide for my son and to make a life for the both of us, and I receive very little benefits.
‘Once I start attending college to study health and social care, I plan on getting a part-time job to help me even more.
‘People need to start minding their own business and if they don’t have anything positive to say, they should keep it to themselves.
‘I’m doing my best to be the best mum, and best person I can be.’
The teen mom said that sometimes she couldn’t find the time and energy to study due to her motherly duties, but gave praise to her brother Kyle and sister-in-law Amy for all their support.
‘My teachers have been super supportive and have aided me when I’ve fallen a bit behind in my studies.
‘Kyle and Amy have kept on at me to keep studying and have always given a helping hand when I needed it.
‘When school reopened during the pandemic, I got a few nasty comments from other pupils at first but I’ve also had a lot of friends stick with me and help me through it all.
‘The most support I’ve had is from people on TikTok.
‘After I took Arthur to prom, my story kind of just blew up on there and I’ve had people messaging me to say how gorgeous he looks and how great a mum I am.
‘It’s been a wild journey but I’m super excited to go to college and see what the future has in store for us.’
The video that made the young mom and her baby boy famous:
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