Battling misconceptions: Faced with challenges, family overcomes the odds

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  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    Feb. 11, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    I am a person who can make a fair statement on this topic, because my son and daughter-in-law has come thur a hard time. My son was a freshman in college when he got his girlfriend pregant and did the right by marrying her I have two beautiful grandchildren from them and my son went on to law school and currently severing in the military to get experince so that my daughter-in-law can complete her college degree. My daughter-in-law came from a broken family, but I was able to help them through out their hard times, but not all of the people that get in this type of trouble make it and stats don't always show the true colors. I am retired from the law enforcement and work with young people that are going thur what this article speaks about, and the sad fact is not all make it. I am proud of my son and daughter in law this this young couple that also has made it so far. I believe that it take more on all people to help to get more education for these young people before they get into trouble.

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    I'm heartened by such a good article of hope for people born into poverty. I do want to point out something. This is the main reason children do poorly in school. If both parents are involved, children generally thrive. So, obviously, it is not all the teacher's fault as has been blamed in many articles in the past.

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    Feb. 11, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    When will the phrase, "got his girlfriend pregnant" ever be eliminated? Without wanting to seem harsh and judmental, he wasn't there by himself, was he? And, for all that, I do applaud the way life has been handled by these maturing adults.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    Great article and great reminder that we're never "forced" into a situation; we can choose to step up and out, with the right attitudes. We all make mistakes, but that doesn't mean we have to be controlled by them.

    And what a perfect foil to all those kids growing up with a sense of entitlement. Life is tough. It won't give you what you want simply because you're breathing. It takes hard work and effort.

    This young family should feel a sense of accomplishment, which they will rightly have earned. I wish them the best! And I hope they get to Disneyland some day when their kids are old enough to remember and appreciate it.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    A series of recently released studies have shown that the US over the last 30 years has become the least income Mobil developed country- meaning that the socio economic condition you are born into is where you are staying- thus mobility is increasingly becoming a nice myth in the US- that is perhaps the saddest commentary on where we have allowed our beloved market economy to take us- we are behind almost alll western European countries and Asian developed nations- but all is well and the dream is alive- as long as you were not born in the last 30-40 years that is

  • kemitc Nashville, TN
    Feb. 11, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    I'm glad to see they are making it and doing it the right way. I don't care what studies and statics show, people are more than numbers. You get out of life what your willing to put into it. The Government and studies forget that they are also dealing with the human factors and not just numbers and I for one am willing to bet on the human factor every time. Those with the least tend to be the most giving and caring when given the opportunity. Hope to hear about this coupl in a couple of years.

  • tll Ogden, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    That's similar to how my husband was raised and it instilled in him a desire to NOT provide a similar lifestyle for himself ever nor for his own family. Some of his siblings 'made it out' and others didn't. Some of the grandchildren embraced the homeless/addict/joblessness that their parents were raised in and to this day we do not understand why they would want to perpetuate that type of lifestyle but, as adults, they have to make their own choices even though they've seen the havoc it creates. Absolutely other adults helped my husband make it through his childhood. If it weren't for the kindness and caring of the parents of some of his friends he would have starved or he would have been homeless as a teenager. He didn't have a father around to be a good role model so others stepped in and provided that for him. Ultimately it was his decision and his dogged determination to do better for himself and to not repeat the mistakes of the previous generation that has gotten him to where he is today.

  • Caprice PROVIDENCE, UT
    Feb. 11, 2012 3:09 a.m.

    Thank you for this heartwarming story. I am so inspired by this wonderful young man. John Pederson is my hero! I believe his friend who let him spend so much time at his home was the key player in helping John to see how he wanted his life to really be. This is one of the best articles I have ever read. I wish every young person, male or female, would read this article and realize that we are captains of our own ship. Though things might be difficult, it's possible to overcome a bad situation--mostly through education. Great article!