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Teen Mom: Amber Decides to Get GED

How Much Does a Mom's Education Affect Her Child?

Does how much a mom hits the books have a direct effect on her child? In last night's episode of MTV's Teen Mom, Amber wrestled with the idea of getting her GED instead of her high school diploma. Gary had a hard time understanding why the diploma meant so much to her since he graduated before their daughter, Leah, was born. Meanwhile, Catelynn finished up her senior year, Farrah continued work on her culinary degree, and Maci talked to her counselor about transferring to another college. How much does education play a role in a person's ability to parent?

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sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
I think that leading by example is the best way to influence kids. A parent has to value education in his own life to be believable when he says it's important to do well in school.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I think how much education a parent has received is huge! My boyfriend was the first in his family (entire) to graduate from high school, and of course his family isn't pushing college. He also took the easiest classes in high school because his mom didn't want to "push him". It sucks I know he is a smart kid, but his family never supports him when it comes to education. =( Totally agree MissSushi! I think the reason why I am doing so good in college is because my parents have always said to me as a child "Grow up, go to college, be rich" basically but in the long run it has helped a TON!
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
When I was in 6th grade I told my dad I wanted to go to Princeton. He told me I was pretty enough to just get married and I didn't need to go to college. I was crushed, and surprise surprise, ended up dropping out of school at 16 to be a rock star/model. That exposed me to many things and I eventually ended up in the hospital for a week from malnutrition because I'm not naturally built like a model. I luckily got myself straightened out and went back to school, however my three siblings are still floundering. If that is not proof of education being important in life I don't know what is. My son will grow up knowing the importance of education, and at four already loves books since I am also an avid reader.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I've known lots of coworkers who have never read anything but required school reading, and found it astounding. On a lighter note, it alwasy makes me think of the drivers handbook. I am an AVID reader, i read anything I can put my hands on, books, magazines, video game booklets, etc, and reading that was like shoving shards of glass into my eyes. I can't imagine how awful it is for people who hate reading.. haha. Being raised in a household that holds education to a higher rung is obviously incredibly important. Children who grow up seeing their parents "do fine" without an education are much less interested in getting that education themselves, starting from a very early age. It needs to be a priority.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 7 years
A lot
leilani-s leilani-s 7 years
Good parents put their children's needs above their own and strive to nurture and care for the children to the best of their ability. Education doesn't necessarily affect good parenting. But kids raised in a "high print environment" - being read to frequently, having access to reading and writing materials, and observing their parents reading and writing often - are more likely to be enthusiastic readers. Seems like this would be more likely in an educated household, but it's not a given. One guy in my office told me that aside from the books he had to read in college, he has NEVER read a book.
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