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The Reality of Teenage Marriage

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S: Is Love Really Blind? Or Are Some Blinded By Love?

FC: By: Adilene Acevedo

1: I want to thank God for giving me the knowledge and the determination to complete this book. I dedicate this book to all those underage teenagers that want to take that important decision of getting married. I hope this book can change many people's point of view of marriage. Lastly, I want to thank my teacher, mentor, my family, and all the people that made this project a great success. I am very thankful that all of you cared and took the time to help me with my senior project. Thank You.

2: True love can wait the right time just keep hoping and praying for what's best for both of you, cause true love never gives up.... -Unknown

3: Table of Contents: | Did You Know?.....................................................................4 What is Teenage Marriage?................................................5 What Causes Teens to Tie the Knot?....................................6 What are the Effects of an Early Marriage?......................7 Why are Many Marriages Unstable?................................8 Immaturity...............................................................................9 Lack of Experience.................................................................10 Financial Problems................................................................11 Statistics...................................................................................12 How Can We Stop Teens From Getting Married.......13-14 Ten Marriage Tips For Teens.......................................15-17 Marriage is.............................................................................18 My Philosophy.................................................................19-20 Resources.................................................................................21

4: Did You Know... | Did you know that almost fifty-one million girls younger than the age of eighteen are child brides. | Did you know that girls who marry before the age of eighteen are more likely to experience domestic violence than their peers who marry later. | Did you know that at current rates about one hundred million girls will marry as children in the next decade. | Did you know that more than fifty percent of teenage marriages get divorced in less than twenty years. | Did you know that teen marriage increases maternal mortality and infant mortality rates.

5: Teenage marriage is defined as the union of two adolescents, joined in marriage from ages of fourteen through nineteen years old. This topic is really controversial to many people. Some people support it and some do not think that teenagers can handle so many responsibilities in a matrimonial life. Presently, teen marriage is not widely accepted in much of the world. Teen marriage is most widespread in culturally or geographically isolated parts of the world. | What is Teenage Marriage?

6: What Causes Teens to Tie the Knot? | There are many situations that teens confront every single day. Sometimes teenagers do not know what to do and start brainstorming solutions to their problems. One of these solutions unfortunately happens to be marriage. Some reasons of why teens take this important decision of uniting with their partner is because of love, teen pregnancy, religion, security, family, peer pressure, arranged marriage, economic, political reasons, social advancement, and cultural reasons.

7: What are the Effects of an Early Marriage? | When teens initiate their marriage things might go excellent, but when love dissolves the relationship screws up and marriage gets really complicated. For instance, some of the most common consequences in a teenage marriage are domestic violence, low self-esteem, abuse, dependence, isolation, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, imprisonment in one’s house, and divorce. In addition, teens who get married at an early age before reaching the age of 18 are more likely to become addicted to drugs, alcohol, or smoking. Therefore, teens should prevent these types of situations by not getting married too soon.

8: Many underage marriages fail because later on they realize that they were not meant for each other. The little bit of love that they had dries out completely and then they cannot even see each other in the face because they regret getting married. Three main reasons of why teenage marriages are divorcing is because of immaturity, lack of experience, and financial problems. | Why are Teenage Marriages Unstable?

9: Immaturity | Immaturity is one of the most common problems in a young relationship because maturity forms part of your attitude and how responsible or serious you are towards the marriage. When a teenage couple suffers from immaturity they cannot understand each others feelings, ideas, or beliefs, and this can cause the couple to have bitter disagreements that can separate them. Recent studies have shown that the brains of teens and those in their early twenties are not fully mature, so to expect someone to make a lifelong commitment is risky and unrealistic. Adolescents cannot control their anger because they automatically tend to insult. Anger is an enormous headache in a marriage because sooner or later that anger becomes violence. Not having the greatest maturity or self-confidence about oneself or your spouse can lead to uncontrollable jealousy. They cannot learn to trust one another. As we all know teens have not yet reached the mature age of 25 and up to take important decisions for themselves. They just say “I do” when the first opportunity comes without thinking twice about the consequences or responsibilities that a marriage consists of.

10: Lack of Experience | Lack of experience is not having the knowledge or the capacity of taking responsibility of a household. Teens often depend on their parents or their guardian for money. They are always depending on someone to do things for them for example, buy groceries, payoff bills, and debts. Teens are not really experienced to work and show up at a public job everyday. They always want someone to tell them stay focused. Lack of experience could also fall into having false expectations of the future. Many teens believe that their life as a wife or a husband might be full of positiveness and happiness, but instead it turns out to be the opposite.

11: F i n a n c i a l | “Money is does not buy happiness.” This quote might have a little of sense, but when it comes to marriage money forms an enormous part. Why? Well, many underage marriages suffer economically because they take the most ignorant decision of dropping out of school. Dropping out of school can cause even more financial problems because without education there are less opportunities of getting a job that can pay a reasonable amount to maintain a household. In addition, teens also struggle with economic problems in their marriage because not so many employers accept underage people to work because they do not have the required age. They are unable to handle the bills that come each week because what they make a week cannot pay it all off. | P r o b l e m s

12: Divorce Statistics | * In America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds. That is 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,523 divorce per week. * The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.

13: How Can We Prevent Teens from Getting Married? | 1. Parents should be aware of their rights. In most states, a teen will need a parents' permission to marry before the age of 18, so one way to stop a teen from marrying is to not sign the paperwork. | 2. Educate a teen. The higher the education the teen receives, the less likely he or she would want to enter into a marriage as a minor. -Encourage a teen by offering something to motivate them to get good grades and to have a perfect behavior -Set the standard high of expectations for the teen, and be up front about the expectations for the teens future. | 3. Communicate with the teen about the expectations you want him or her to follow. It could be hopes and dreams. Also take the opportunity to implant in the teen a sense of self-worth. -Grow the teens self-esteem by praising and complimenting him or her. -Teach the teen to work hard to hit goals. By working hard, he or she can strive to attain hopes and dreams. -Speak about your own successes and short comings, and share it with teenagers what you wish you would have known when you were their age.

14: 4. Educate a teen about sex and unwanted abortions, which are a reason that underage teenagers may decide to marry. -Relationships that have minors performing in sexual acts are dangerous to the minors both in the sense that they risk STDs and also that they put themselves at risk for a pregnancy that neither probably wants at that age. | 5. Be honest with a teen about your expectations regarding marriage. -Communicate your dislike of the idea, and present this information in an informative and effective way. -Offer alternatives. | 6. Be clear that you will not pay for a wedding if he or she chooses to marry before the age that you set. | 7. Suggest a trial marriage before anything is set legally. Let the couple move into a mutually-agreeable location such as in a spare part of the house or an apartment over the garage. This will allow the couple to see if they are really serious about marriage or if they are just romanticizing the idea of being married.

15: Ten Marriage Tips for Teens | 1. Make marriage a top goal for your life. There are many great things about marriage. Married people are healthier, wealthier, and happier than people who just live together or stay single. Married people even live longer! | 2. Learn relationships skills. Take advantage of any relationship and marriage education courses offered by your school, religious group, or other community group. These courses can be tons of fun, as well as helping you prepare for your future marriage. They may also help with your current relationships (dating, friends, siblings, parents). | 3. Get as much education as you can before you get married. Make sure you graduate from high school. Work toward a college degree or even a masters or higher degree. People with more education are more likely yo marry and less likely to divorce. And they earn more money over their lifetimes. | 4. Sex? Sexual relationships carry a whole lot of baggage along with them. Worries about STDs, AIDS, or an unwanted pregnancy, or unhappiness about breaking up can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork. Most teens who are sexually active say they regret having sex and wish they had waited. You can avoid these heartaches and regrets by waiting to have sex at least until you are out of high school , and possibly until your wedding day.

16: 6. Wait to have a child until after you are married and at least twenty years old. If you don't, you are likely to live in poverty. In fact, only one-third of teen mothers ever finish high school. Having a child before you marry may cause lots of problems for both men and women. And the children of unwed parents face greater risks for problems of all kinds, including depression and mental illness, school dropout, teen pregnancy, crime, poverty, substances abuse, and suicide. | 5. Marry in your twenties or older. People who get married in their teens are two or three times more likely to get divorced than people who get married in their twenties. | 7. Be picky when you choose your husband or wife. Opposites may attract, but they do not always get along together. Make sure that you know the person you plan to marry well. It helps if you have known him or her for a long time. It also helps to share the same core beliefs and values, especially about family life and children. Your marriage will be more likely to succeed if you and your future spouse have similar backgrounds, personalities, beliefs, and goals for life.

17: 10. Before you marry, take a premarital education course with your partner. These courses can indicate how well matched you are a s a couple, and they can help you have a more satisfying marriage. | 9. Build a relationship with an adult you can trust and work on strengthening that relationship. If you are close to one or both of your parents, deepen your relationship with them. If your parent is not a positive role model, find an adult who is. Teens who share their lives and concerns with a caring adult, whether a parent or grandparent, friend, pastor, aunt or uncle have fewer problems in life. And fewer problems you have in life, the less baggage you will bring into marriage. | 8. Think twice before you decide to live with someone outside of marriage. Contrary to popular belief, living together before marriage is not likely to strengthen your marriage or prevent a future divorce. In fact, living together before marriage is linked to a less satisfying marriage and a higher divorce risk. And the more partners you live with, the more likely you are to divorce when you do marry.

18: Marriage is... a promise. A promise that scars your heart deep down because it is something unbelievable that exists beyond the stars. It is a commitment to be there whenever no matter the barrier. It is looking into each others eyes vowing to be together forever until death shatters it all. It is just simply love that becomes a great power in your life.

19: My Philosophy | I believe that marriage is a powerful word that should be taken serious. It should not be a game or something that lasts only a few seconds. It should last even after death if possible. It should only be for once in a lifetime not twice or more.

20: I honestly see marriage as a verb because it consist of actions not just simply romantic words and thoughts. It is showing up everyday and demonstrating love with every breath that you breathe. It is choosing the right lifetime partner that you are sure that both of you share the same feelings towards each other. Marriage is overcoming every obstacle that comes in between both of you and confronting each others fears together. It is forever.

21: Resources | http://marriage.about.com/cs/teenmarriage/a/teenmarriage.htm http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-528755.html http://www.usmarriagelaws.com/search/united_states/teen_marriage_laws/ http://ezinearticles.com/?Early-Marriage-Problems-to-Avoid&id=3534130 http://marriage.about.com/od/arrangedmarriages/a/childbride_3.htm http://www.ehow.com/about_5084915_early-marriage-problems.html http://www.iloveindia.com/parenting/parenting-teenagers/teen-marriage.html http://www.divorce360.com/divorce-articles/causes-of-divorce/general/teen-marriage-and-divorce.aspx?artid=1343 http://paulyniceroldens.hubpages.com/hub/roldenspaulynicer http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/09/06/teen-marriage-tied-to-higher-risk-for-mental-illness-in-women/29183.html http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/45242084 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/01/marriage-research_n_2601194.html

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  • Title: The Reality of Teenage Marriage
  • This book is about the conflicts and troubles that teenage marriages suffer everyday and why they should not get married. The purpose of this book is to convince young teenagers to not get married until they reach a mature age.
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