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Mother Says Having Child At 12 Was 'Smartest Thing I Ever Did'

Tue, July 10, 2012 4:39pm EDT by HL Intern 35 Comments
12 Year Old Mom

The woman who became Britian’s youngest mother at the age of 12 after a one night stand with a 15-year-old boy, says she has no regrets and it was the smartest thing she ever did! Can you believe that?

Amy Crowhurst, 22, had both of her children before the age of 17, and believes having children at a young age has given her the freedom to do what she wants in her twenties.

According to Daily Mail, Amy said she now has, “the freedom to meet mates and go clubbing when my mum babysits.”

“Having kids young was the smartest thing I ever did,” she said.

The mother, who is on benefits and lives in a council house, said, “When I see girls I went to school with having babies now, I’m so glad I got it out of the way. They’ll be at home… for the next 10 years. Plus, they’re fat and I’m a size 6!
 I missed school, but I can catch up – and I’ll appreciate it more.”

Amy became pregnant in 2002 when she was 12 years old after having a one night stand with a 15-year-old boy she hardly knew. At age 13, she had her son Alfie and dropped out of school to be a mother. After her sons birth, Amy said, “I know I was stupid but I’m not that bothered. Of course, I wish it had never happened but it’s too late now.”

When Amy was 16, she moved out of the home she was sharing with her mother and eight siblings to her own council apartment. Soon after, she reconciled with Alfie’s father for a brief period, which led to another unplanned pregnancy.

She gave birth to her daughter, Destiny, at age 16 and then again lost contact with the father. As a teen mother of two, Amy struggled to raise her children. She fell into trouble with the law for possession of cannabis in 2009.

Despite her struggles Amy said,”Having sex at 12 is fine if you feel ready and aren’t pressured. I wouldn’t encourage Destiny to plan pregnancy at 12, but if she did have a baby I’d be happy – it’d be fun being a gran at 27!”

Amy now has her life on track with her two children, age 9 and 7. She is currently living in a three bedroom home and is returning to college in hopes of becoming a healthcare worker.

Amy believes she’s a better mom for having had children early, because she has lots of energy and can relate to her kids because they are closer in age.

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