Yay or Nay? Young Mother Takes Her Toddler To School Prom

May 19, 2015  |  

I had to file this one under: “I’m Not Sure What I Think.”

I am breezing through my Facebook news feed when i see something posted by rapper Mickey Factz. It was his initial comment that got me going, where he stated “I really believe we live in the craziest era known to man. Taking a baby to prom shows young mothers dont give up or strive harder? What?”

My interest was piqued.

It would seem that a young woman named “Mocha So’Cold” Monae” decided to take her son to her high school prom. Her goal was show other teen mothers that “having a baby doesn’t mean that you give up…you just have to strive harder.” Check out her entire statement below.

Now, this note was widely shared on the internet and garnered thousands of likes after she posted it under a comment from former football star Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson. I am simply unclear why taking her young son to the prom somehow correlates to striving harder. I would think that finishing school and moving on to the next phase of life would do that, actually. In these times, I gather that we are living outside of convention a lot of the time. I’m working on understanding these changes, because – God knows – I don’t know why a teen would want to do such a thing. Go get lit, girl!

What I am thinking is that in this day and age, people are looking for ways to make these grandiose, sharable statements, particularly in the age of social media. Even though, raising a son at a young age is a mighty feat, being an positive model really comes later down the line with increased levels of success. But, in this time, the reward is the 5.5 thousand likes and the 1,000-plus new social media followers. I’m not sure if that is what “Mocha ‘So’Cold’ Monae” was thinking when she did it. Trust me, somebody took note.

In my view, taking your son to the prom is just weird and potentially inappropriate. All those raging hormones and bad music! Take a date that you wanna have a faux romantic night with (or a real romantic night!). There’s oftentimes this awkward space with single mothers and their sons when the father isn’t around. I’m thinking if a man took his daughter to the prom, that would be extra creepy and far less debatable. Conversely, his conversation has people talking – conflicted even.

People like me feel, the whole notion is flawed and there is no connection between the act of taking the kid to the prom and “striving harder.” Others see no wrong in it since she is being very proud about her situation and making it better through persistence. At the day’s end, that’s a positive. Its a step forward that also got her a bunch of attention she may or may not wanted.

Lastly, maybe she didn’t want all the scrutiny, debate and controversy around her and son once she got it. Still, she keep the friends and followers. Just don’t stop striving, young mother Mocha So’Cold Monae. Then, Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur is really going to have an issue.

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