Teenage fathers do not escape unscathed; Time reports that they “usually have lower incomes, less education and more children than do men who wait until at least the age of 20 to have children,” adding that “one reason for this is that a teenager who has got his girlfriend pregnant often compounds his first mistake with a second one: dropping out of school.”

Indeed, Tamika Hall-Frye notes that the father of her oldest daughter, Sachielle, “dropped out of school because he was ‘having a baby’.” She adds, “to date, he has nine children, all with different women, Sachielle being the oldest. He doesn’t have contact with most of them.”