How to Start a Teen MOPS Group

  I get emails all the time from people asking how they can start a Teen MOPS group. Well, here’s some info. How to start a Teen MOPS group: If you’ve followed me for any time on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve heard me talk about Teen MOPS. Teen MOPS is a support group for teenage mothers. It’s part of MOPS International. Basically Teen MOPS is a support group for our youngest moms. I started a Teen MOPS group in Kalispell, {Read More}

Overcoming the Fear in Your Past

“I have screwed up big time. If you can do anything with my life, please do.” That was the eloquent prayer I prayed in the early months of 1989. I was 17 and pregnant. I had dropped out of regular high school. My boyfriend was out of the picture. My friends were going on with their senior year. I was depressed. I was without hope. I slept in until noon and watched soap operas, and I was pretty sure my {Read More}

Think You Might Be Pregnant? Your Bad News Could be Your Biggest Blessing

I remember the day I found out I was pregnant. I was 17-years-old and a senior in high school. The news was BAD in every way. My boyfriend dumped me when I didn’t have an abortion. I dropped out of school because I was so embarrassed of being pregnant. Yet that dark day turned into something beautiful. When I was six months pregnant I dedicated my heart to God. I told Him that I wanted to live His way and {Read More}

Teaching Teens To Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

As a mom of ten kids I’ve been though every stage (a few times!), and I have to say that the hardest, most confusing time for girls is the pre-teen and teen years. Between ages 12-16 girls’ bodies are changing, their emotions are charged, and on a scale from 1-10 their desire for peer approval is an 11.5! All the lessons that little girls soaked in during quiet time devotions about their value, worth and beauty dissipate as soon as {Read More}

Healthy Recipes & Tips for Teen Moms-to-Be

Healthy Recipes & Tips for Teen Moms-to-Be {by Marie Dittmer}   Nutrition is always important, but it is super important during pregnancy. How and what you eat and drink affects the outcome of your pregnancy and the health of both you and your baby. A nourishing diet that provides adequate calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals keeps mom and baby healthy, and helps baby grow and develop. If you’re a pregnant teenager, there are additional challenges. There’s the potential for premature {Read More}

Hope for the Teen Mom {Focus on the Family broadcast – 1/7!}

Good news! My broadcast with Focus on the Family about ‘”Hope For The Teen Mom” airs this Thursday (January 7th). Here’s the summary of the broadcast: She was boy crazy in 4th grade, had her first kiss in 8th grade, and by the time she graduated high school, Tricia Goyer had experienced both an abortion and giving birth to a new baby boy.  On this Focus on the Family broadcast, hear how this wasn’t the plan she (or God) had in {Read More}

Protecting the Sanctity of Life | Evangelicals for Life Conference

I had my first baby when I was seventeen. It was hard, but I can’t imagine how a young mom who’s living in New York City feels these days. Have you seen the posters plastered all over the subways in the media? One shows a crying baby and reads, “I’m twice as likely not to graduate from high school because you had me as a teen.” While it’s true that having a baby as a teen is hard, choosing to {Read More}

Teen Parenting | Q&A with Girlz 4 Christ

  Have you ever wondered what it’s like for teens to be a mom? As Christians we are supposed to be pro-life, right? But what happens when one of your friends or someone you know/have heard of becomes pregnant? Of course you want her to keep the baby! However, being pro-life isn’t enough, but it’s confusing to know how to handle the situation as a friend. A few weeks ago I was interviewed by a dynamic young woman named Lily Garay about my book Teen Mom {Read More}

14 Valuable Ways to Help Teen Moms

Young moms have a lot of needs. They’re still teenagers, yet they also have to balance school, a boyfriend, friends, parents, and sometimes work. As a teen mom I faced depression when I lost my boyfriend and most of my friends during my pregnancy. I dropped out of school and slept until noon. With each day that passed I put another brick on the wall I was building around my heart. Those bricks started tumbling when older women reached out {Read More}

Guided Prayer Cards for MOPS Leaders

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s hard to pray. It’s even harder when I’m asked to pray out loud with others. Sometimes I don’t know what to say. Or sometimes someone else says what I was going to. Much of the time when it comes to praying out loud I’m so concerned about my words, that I forget to pray in agreement with others. Have you ever felt that way? I’ve very excited because today I’m heading out {Read More}

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