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"A seminal book."--Time Magazine
Millie Acevedo bore her first child before the age of 16 and dropped out of high school to care for her newborn. Now 27, she is the unmarried mother of three and is raising her kids in one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. Would she and her children be better off if she had waited to have them and had married their father first? Why do so many poor American youth like Millie continue to have children before they can afford to take care of them?
Over a span of five years, sociologists Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas talked in-depth with 162 low-income single moms like Millie to learn how they think about marriage and family. Promises I Can Keep offers an intimate look at what marriage and motherhood mean to these women and provides the most extensive on-the-ground study to date of why they put children before marriage despite the daunting challenges they know lie ahead.
Foreword by Frank Furstenberg
1. “Before We Had a Baby . . .”
2. “When I Got Pregnant . . .”
3. How Does the Dream Die?
4. What Marriage Means
5. Labor of Love
6. How Motherhood Changed My Life
Conclusion: Making Sense of Single Motherhood
Appendix A: City, Neighborhood, and Family Characteristics and Research Methods
Posted October 31, 2005
I know one of the woman you wrote about and she did not put motherhood before marriage. They both do hard core drugs and they chose that over their children. They gave up their rights and a great grandparent is taking care of these wonderful children. I see them when I can and I am not a relative. They are lucky to have extended family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.