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Schoolgirl who fell pregnant at 15 and went on to have SEVEN more children with the same man says 'being a young mum doesn't mean you'll never become anything'

  • A woman who had her first child at 15 has opened up about her struggle
  • Sharon, 34, gave birth to her daughter Symonne in 1999
  • Now mum-of-eight says many reacted with 'shock, judgement and disapproval'
  • She describes herself as 'living proof' that young motherhood is not always bad

A mother of eight children has spoken out about her difficult experience having a baby at the tender age of 15.

Sharon Jabbour was barely in high school when she fell pregnant with her first child in 1999 –  a little miracle the now 34-year-old reveals she was encouraged to abort and judged heavily for having.

'There are looks of shock and disappointment everywhere you turn, staring, whispering and shaking of heads. This is how I remember being treated as a young mother,' Melbourne mum Sharon wrote on the blog Tsunami Project.

Sharon Jabbour (pictured with her daughter) fell pregnant when she was only 15 in 1999

Sharon Jabbour (pictured with her daughter) fell pregnant when she was only 15 in 1999

The now 34-year-old has spoken out on the difficulties of being a teenage mother (pictured right with her daughter Symonne)

The now 34-year-old has spoken out on the difficulties of being a teenage mother (pictured right with her daughter Symonne)

'Most told me I was too young and that I should do the right thing and abort. That was never an option for me.'

While her peers were doodling notes in class or going through the perils of puberty, Sharon was hiding her burgeoning baby bump from disapproving stares.

'I would intentionally wear bigger clothes to hide my growing belly because I felt embarrassed,' she recalled.

'It worked until I was pushing my baby in a pram – then there was nowhere to hide.'

The school-aged mum gave birth to her daughter, Symonne, two months after her 16th birthday and describes the moment as 'love at first sight'.

Sharon went on to have seven more children with her partner Ramsey (pictured at their wedding in 2011)

Sharon went on to have seven more children with her partner Ramsey (pictured at their wedding in 2011)

The school-aged mum gave birth to her daughter, Symonne, two months after her 16th birthday and describes the moment as 'love at first sight' (Symonne pictured with her youngest)

The school-aged mum gave birth to her daughter, Symonne, two months after her 16th birthday and describes the moment as 'love at first sight' (Symonne pictured with her youngest)

Despite her youth and the difficulties that lay ahead, Sharon says she immediately knew she wanted a big family with the father of her child.

The business owner and her now-husband Ramsey share eight children – Symonne, 18, Celinna, 15, Tifinney, 13, Sebastian 12, twins Alesha and Ethan, 10, Amaliyah, four and Aliyrah, two.

Sharon also acknowledges the social and financial setbacks adolescent pregnancy can often trigger, but says she is proud of the empire she and her husband have built.

'Both Ramsey and I are 34, we own our house, we have two cars, two businesses, and I work full time,' she said. 

'I am living proof that being a young mum does not mean your life is over, or that you will never become anything. You become what you are willing to work for.'

The business owner and her husband Ramsay now share eight children - Symonne, 18, Celinna, 15, Tifinney, 13, Sebastian 12, twins Alesha and Ethan, 10, Amaliyah, 4 and Aliyrah, 2

The business owner and her husband Ramsay now share eight children – Symonne, 18, Celinna, 15, Tifinney, 13, Sebastian 12, twins Alesha and Ethan, 10, Amaliyah, 4 and Aliyrah, 2

She also says there are many perks that come with being a young mum, including developing real friendships with her children.

'Some kids are embarrassed to be with their parents, but because I am a lot younger I have been able to cement a strong relationship with them,' Sharon told Daily Mail Australia. 

'My eldest daughters are so happy to have me come out with them and link arms with me whenever we're at the shops.' 

Sharon now works as a manager for a data-marketing company and runs her online business, Lullabye Baby.

'Some kids are embarrassed to be with their parents, but because I am a lot younger I have been able to cement a strong relationship with them,' Sharon told Daily Mail Australia

'Some kids are embarrassed to be with their parents, but because I am a lot younger I have been able to cement a strong relationship with them,' Sharon told Daily Mail Australia

The busy mum says she works hard to ensure her children are given the best opportunities in life and encourages them to pursue education.

'I have always been very open and honest with my children, I have explained that having children while you’re young is hard, your life gets put on hold as you become responsible for another human beings life, and that my upbringing was very different from theirs,' Sharon adds.

'But it's not right that young mums are unfairly categorised either. There are so many out there, like me, who put their heart and soul into raising their kids.' 

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