Kid UK Parents Might Be Just Fine, Thanks
They need guidance, sure, but who cares if they go on the dole?
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2009 3:08 PM CST

(Newser) – Don’t be so sure 13-year-old Alfie Patten and 15-year-old Chantelle Steadman will be bad parents for their newborn, Sarah Sands writes in the Independent. Sure, the young father “loves computer games and Manchester United,” but that “does not actually set Alfie apart from the adult male population.” The kids will have parental and state support, and what “this dazed-looking father needs is some direction and guidance.”

The slightly older Chantelle has owned up to her and Alfie’s mistake, and she “looks as if she could knock him out if he ever tries to play the stroppy teenager card,” Sands writes. And who cares if the young parents depend on social services? With taxpayers “already supporting several banks, a little nipper isn't going to make any difference to the bill.”