© 2024 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Being a Single Mother -- and Very Young

They face challenges all mothers face: no time, no freedom, no babysitter. But these young women often face them alone. In a report from Youth Radio, Cassandra Gonzalez takes stock of her situation, and that of her friends -- many of whom are also mothers.

Gonzalez, who is 21, says she still yearns to hit the clubs -- but with school and two jobs competing for time with her daughter, Savannah, those chances don't come along as often as they used to. But luckily for her, her grandmother can sometimes look after Savannah, so she can go out, as she says, "just to keep from going crazy."

In the end, Gonzalez says, she and her friends are trying to balance their lives, between being with friends, having fun -- and being good mothers.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Cassandra Gonzalez
Journalism at this station is made possible by donors who value local reporting. Donate today to keep stories like this one coming. It is thanks to your generosity that we can keep this content free and accessible for everyone. Thanks!