Eight-child mother has opened up about having a kid at the young age of 15 and the challenges she encountered.
When Sharon Jabbour got pregnant with her first child in 1999, she had just graduated from high school; she claims that for this small miracle, for which the now 34 years old, she was encouraged to abort and harshly chastised.
Everywhere you turn, people are expressing amazement and disappointment while observing, whispering, and shaking their heads. Melbourne parent Sharon wrote on the Tsunami Project website, “This is how I recall being handled as a young mother.”
“Most people told me I was too young and I should get an abortion. That was never a choice for me.”
While her peers were taking notes in class or navigating adolescence, Sharon was shielding her growing baby tummy from prying eyes.
She remembered, “I would deliberately wear larger outfits to conceal my expanding tummy because I felt embarrassed.
It worked up until she was pushing her baby in a stroller, she claims, at which point there was nowhere to hide.
The school-age mother, who gave birth to Symonne two months after turning 16, said it was “love at first sight.”
Sharon claims that despite her youth and the difficulties that were ahead, she knew straight away that she wanted to have a big family with the father of her kid.
Symonne, 18, Celinna, 15, Tifinney, 13, Sebastian, 12, Alesha and Ethan, 10, Amaliyah, four, and Aliyrah, two are the business owner’s eight children with her now-husband Ramsey.
Sharon is proud of the empire she and her husband have created while being aware of the negative social and financial effects of teenage pregnancies.
Both Ramsey and I are 34 years old, she said, adding that “we own our home, have two cars, two businesses, and that she works full-time.
“I serve as living proof that having a small child does not imply your life is finished or that you will never succeed in your goals. You become what you are prepared to work hard to obtain.”
She also asserts that having children at a young age has many benefits, including the chance to develop sincere relationships with her kids.
“Some kids feel awkward with their parents, but since I’m younger, I’ve been able to have a strong relationship with them.”
“My older girls are happy to have me come out with them and lock arms with them when we go shopping,” I said.
Today, Sharon manages a data-marketing company and runs the Lullabye Baby website.
The busy mother claims she strives to give her kids the best opportunities and encourages them to pursue higher education.
Sharon says, “I’ve always been frank and honest with my children, explaining that having children when you’re young is difficult, that your life is put on hold as you become responsible for another person’s life, and that my upbringing was quite different from theirs.”
However, the discriminatory classification of young moms is equally unacceptable. “Many people, including myself, devote their entire lives to raising their children.”