I have 4 cousins who are all very young and have all announced their pregnancies within a couple of months of each other. They all had their first babies when they were 17/18 and have admitted it's because they wanted to get their own place and prove how grown up they were because they were arguing with their parents (who treated them like the teenagers they were -nothing bad) since then the eldest has 3 children this will be her 4th, the next has 2 and is on her third and the youngest have 1 and are on their second. Only one live with her babies dad. The thing that drives me nuts is none of them can handle the children they have. They all rely on family to look after them more than they do, and the kids that are old enough are all spiteful and poorly disaplined. They only keep having children because it means they don't have to work and can live off the state (and trust me they live well their kids always have the latest electronic toys, they have high end mobile phones and spend their lives on facebook) they just know how to work the system. The council even sent one of them on a training course to possibly work part time in the benefits department but all she did was learn more ways to squeeze the system. I am not having a go at all the people who genuinely are trying but need help from the benefits system but they have had their kids because they left school and didn't feel like working. I feel so sorry for the kids they have because they are intellegent but don't get any attention or support so they act out and I can see it will just get worse and worse as they get older. I just hate that some people have children to be a 'paycheck' (and yes I have had someone I know describe her children as this).