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I Grew Up Too Fast

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    I Didn't Have A Choice

    Growing up wasn't a choice for me. I didn't want to grow up, but I didn't have a choice. My mother gave birth to 9 kids. I am the oldest, Alex. My mother was never found after she had each child, but she always had a baby, brought them to my dad, raped him, and run off. After her...
    JoggingCarrot JoggingCarrot 51-55, M 5 Responses Mar 18, 2012

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    To know that i can never go back to being the

    innocent child that i was once
    MsMightyMe MsMightyMe 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 23

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    Innocence Taken, Never Had A Chance

    From the moment I was about three, I knew something was wrong. My life wasn't normal. Far from it. Part One: The beginning. For one thing, I watched my father abuse and terrorize my poor mother until I was old enough for him to push it onto me. I was helpless, nothing to do but...
    coolchick97 coolchick97 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 6, 2011

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    Made Me Who I Am Today

    my mom died when i was eight years old. me and my older sister (she was only 9) were left to live with my grandma. she was an older woman. i felt like i had to take care of my sister even though she was older. she has always been a very ontorverted kid growin up so she never...
    gigi07 gigi07 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 7, 2009

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    Slower Process

    Before the age of 12, I already knew too much that it needs about the world the adults, about sex, death and violence. I don't I ever had the time to be a child. I went to play with friends, and I suppose I looked like them then. But it was only a while of relief, because I knew...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 15, 2008

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    I Was Forced to Grow Up!!

     In my childhood i did have moments of happiness and joy and hilarity that cannot be denied however huge significant jolts to my life forced me to grow up too fast. Stuff like my mother and father divorcing, having to live with mother who was pill popping, depressed, self...
    followthewhiterabbit followthewhiterabbit 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 14, 2008

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    On My Own At Age 17

    I grew up in a single parent household. It was just me and my mom. She did her best to care for me. When I was 14 I started having sex. One thing my mom didn't do was give me the knowledge I needed about unprotected sex. My mom had a bf that I detested and I spent alot of...
    cinfullysweet cinfullysweet 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    I simply wasn't wanted

    as a child, I was a burden needing I be changed, fed, watched after and the like. I guess I can kinda get that, so I quickly became self reliant and able to do whatever it took. More people were okay to have me once I could handle myself mostly.
    hitvl hitvl 18-21, F Nov 28, 2013

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    Before I was even born,

    my mom and dad were having relationship problems. I'm the youngest, and my two older sisters have seen a worse side of my father, and my mom saw it all. He would punish my mom like she was a child, and my sisters went through terrible punishments for random things. Before I...
    geneticArtistry geneticArtistry 13-15, F Feb 16

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    Is It What I Want?

    I'm only 18, and I want to be able to live my life and have fun and party, the way that all young adults want to... But maybe I'm too mature for that. I've dealt with depressiong my whole life, and I think that made me see things differently from a lot people my age. I have a...
    NewAddiction NewAddiction 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2009

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    Not My Little Sister

    Life was hard growing up my parents used to fight all the time threaten to split up and then they would ask if we split up who do you want to go with. My grandpa lived with us and we took care of him he had a stroke and one leg so he was total care. My grandma used to call drunk...
    fae430 fae430 22-25 Aug 17, 2011

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    Sometimes 12, Sometimes 20

    Well I will try and see if I can give a glimpse of my life story. I was first born (for my mother) I didn't have a father, but a few father figures in my life (negative ones). After I was born there was a train of children, my mother had 5 others, 3 girls and 2 boys. We were...
    BlazzinBebe88 BlazzinBebe88 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2008

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    But I Wouldnt Want It Any Other Way

    It was my choice to grow up too fast. Well sort of. i was nearly 16 when i found out i was pregnant. 16 years old. I am completely against abortion so i didnt even consider it. I had my beautiful baby lily at the age of 17 yyears and 5 months. From that moment on my life had...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 21, 2012

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    I Want To Be Six Again

    I want to be six again.I want to go to McDonald's and thinkit's the best place in the world to eat. I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddleand make waves with rocks.I want to think M&Ms are better than moneybecause you can eat them.I want to play kickball during recessand...
    BornInABirdcage BornInABirdcage 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 18, 2010

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    My friend once said to me "We went from barbies,

    to make-up, to booze in a very short amount of time". It's possible that is the truest thing I've ever heard. It happens without even noticing it, until it's too late. When my friends and I were 13 we befriended several people who were years older than us. At 13 you shouldn...
    Gingerjay1212 Gingerjay1212 18-21, F Dec 16, 2013

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    My mom died when I was four,

    when she was hit by a drunk driver, and my little sister was only three months old. My dad didn’t really know how to cope, but it was okay for a little while because people were always checking in on us and I would assure them that we were fine, really, and that my dad was...
    piquant piquant 16-17, F Jan 4

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    I grew up too fast. I had to raise my baby

    when I was 13 due to rape.
    LolitaChrisbell LolitaChrisbell 18-21, F Jan 23

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    Yes

    In the 3rd grade mom moved away from dad to a apt; and let the house go. So from then on it was like i was a mini adult. What she knew i knew. SHe talked about EVERYTHING to me..kinda like she looked over the fact i was only 9-10. Don't get me wrong, i do appreciate knowing...
    lostprophet lostprophet 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 26, 2009

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    Wrung The Neck Of Childhood

    i look on facebook sometimes and see my friends posting things that i find pointless. like how they went shopping, or how they're excited for some mundane activity like seeing a movie or chilling at the pool. sometimes i feel like i got my heart broken too young because that's...
    Girlonwire Girlonwire 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 20, 2011

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    Shocked

    I'm really shocked that my rate of growth is speeding up that fast after it first slowed down.Check out my newest profile picture to understand what i mean. I bought that top 2 weeks ago and it fit, now look how great it "fits" now -.- sick of it
    realchickrko realchickrko 22-25, F 23 Responses Feb 18, 2012

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    I grew up too fast, my mother unfortunately had

    very bad taste in men until my early teens. Her second husband used to force me to do most of the housework and watch my little sisters whilst my mum was at work, sometimes he'd have my brothers help me but he preferred to beat them instead. He used to confiscate my books (he...
    crochetedgirl crochetedgirl 22-25, F Sep 22

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    Sometimes I look back at my life

    and realize I grew up too fast I had to take on alot of responsibility at such a young age coming from a one parent home with a disable parent sometimes I had to do alot of soul searching to get through things in my life
    ryanw93 ryanw93 18-21, M May 22

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    You Are The Only One.

    When Daddy drank. he liked to sit in the kitchen and stare. At what, I never could figure out. He never ate dinner with us at the exact same time, so Mom would not push. She would flll our plates and set them out, but she would leave his dinner plate and silverware, as pristine...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F Jun 20, 2013

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    Growing Up

    I'm still young but my life is staring to unravel and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Why can't time just go backwards for a little bit.I need to just stop and rest for a while
    MusicalBatman MusicalBatman 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 26, 2013

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    When I was little, I thought nothing bad would

    ever happen to my family. Then, when my mom cheated on my dad they began arguing and beating one another for six years straight. They say that experiences make you stronger, but I have grown both stronger and bitter.
    oodleskaboodles oodleskaboodles 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 17

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    Im 20 years old and got hpv from the guy i

    thought id spend most of my young adult years with. He was literally my home and safe place, and i cant stop thinking hes lying to me when he says he didnt know he had it before he met me. Since the day i met him i always thought there was something off about him and i let...
    xobxo94 xobxo94 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 21

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    so from then on i had to stop wearing pantys at

    home it got so bad he was touching me every night while watching tv even when mom was home he taught me how to ********** him when mom wasnt homeso humiliating. it got so bad he was always touching me when ever he saw me reminding me my mother said to do as i was told or i would...
    llynnn llynnn 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 26

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    I Miss-ed My Childhood

    I had a very tumultuous childhood from the very beginning. My father started hitting my mother when I, their first child of 5, was in the womb. My earliest memory is of my father beating up my mother and myself chasing after him as he cornered her in the bathroom. I had picked...
    hatemysistertoo1622 hatemysistertoo1622 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 19, 2012

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    I Made It, Suprise!

    I grew up With my severely depressed mother who pretty much let me do anything i wanted.at 14 i started sneaking out of the house, having sex, smoking, Drinking, ect. i was really getting out of hand!my mom got really sick and i had to move to Indiana with my sister and her...
    MsCourtney MsCourtney 18-21, F May 4, 2012

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    Never Got To Be A Kid.

    I went through abuse for the first near 6 years of my life. Sexual, emotional, physical, verbal, you name it. At around 6, we finally left our father behind. Mother took us away from him. But I was already messed up beyond repair. Thank god my sister doesn't remember much at all...
    Ariesgrl18 Ariesgrl18 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 22, 2012

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    It Never Ends.

    It seems like my whole life is a daze. If it isn't one thing, it's another.. I guess I am just confused. I'm not sure what I am confused about, but I am. My mom and dad divorced when I was 3, and left with my older brother, Jason. She had cheated on him with...
    Karley Karley 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 21, 2008

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    I was forced to because of what I went though

    and having to raise my brothers
    ameliaandmore ameliaandmore 16-17, F Jan 14

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    Raised to Be Mature

    I was raised by an amazing set of parents. they expected a lot of me, but not so much that I couldn't measure up. they taught me so much, and I'm grateful. the only problem is that because of the way I was brought up, and moving in the middle of a very pivotal time for me, has...
    EntrepGuy EntrepGuy 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 28, 2007

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    Too Soon

    True I am only 13 but I act like I am 20.my experiences in life have made me grow up to fast.it's not healthy and I don't like it.I shouldn't be interested in the things like this I am too young I shouldn't no what it is.this is too sad.I don't want to know and I don't want to...
    rainbowskittlezz rainbowskittlezz 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 21, 2013

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    Raised My Sister

    My parents never, in my memory, saw eye to eye on anything. My dad was not there for any of us the way a man should be for his family. He rarely worked and cared more about himself than us. I'm not even sure he knew how to be a father and husband, because he grew up in a very...
    Midwest1 Midwest1 26-30, F Mar 29, 2012

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    I'm Terrified of Getting Older

    I'm not even that old, but it's already too much.  I'm not afraid of death, I just don't want to get older, have more responsibility, or wonder where all of the time went.  I feel like I need to get up and do something while I still have the time, but I don't know what...
    NoFoundations NoFoundations 16-17 1 Response Nov 8, 2008

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    I really think I did.

    Although, I don't regret where I am now, but I will always wonder what if. I just can't help that. Anyways, I left home 1month after I graduated from high school, got married the following year, and then had a baby the next year. Two years after that we bought our house. I have...
    2O5E4 2O5E4 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 22

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    Too Much Responsibility

    I remember that around my 10th birthday my grandmother started to lose her memory. She would leave the house (as usual) and then forget her way home, or where she was going, etc. It took a while for my father (her son) to admit that she was a danger to herself. Finally, after a...
    MeridianSplendor MeridianSplendor 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 14, 2008

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    I Might Have Missed Out Slightly...

    Not just including recent tragic events that have happened to me, but in general, I never really acted like a child, I worked very hard in my schooling, I always have. I never focused on silly things that my friends always did. I mean actually when I do hang out with my friends...
    Chasing4flowers Chasing4flowers 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 7, 2011

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    I chose to grow up fast

    and I don't regret it for a second. I had my baby boy 7 months ago and I don't know what I would do without him. Yeah, it gets rough sometimes and it really takes everything of you to raise a child, but I give it 110% and I take care of my baby alone. I am strong and I can do...
    pinkmangox pinkmangox 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 29

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    I Lost Valuable Time...

    I don't think anybody should have to grow up to fast but unfortunately it happens. I don't remember or have much recollection or what being a child is like passed the age of 10. I know maybe 10 still seems like i had somewhat of a long childhood. But i cant remember any of it...
    LunaWolff LunaWolff 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 5, 2010

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    Wistful

    I remember being a happy 6 year old,walking round Dublin with my dad. Things weren't that good between him and mum,and I only became aware of the arguments between them while sitting upstairs in my bedroom and having to hear them. I remember being bullied at school,and then...
    orangeblossom89 orangeblossom89 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 22, 2008

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    Growing Up.

    I think everyone can agree on this one, Missing your childhood because it lacked worry. I just miss being able to just relax and being able to be more in the moment. Now i have to focus on grades, getting a job and preparing for sucess. Im pretty much leaving my childhood behind...
    McSnuggles95 McSnuggles95 16-17, F Aug 2, 2012

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    But I Don't Regret It

    Yeah I did grow up too quickly, but I don't see it as a bad thing. Ever  since I was a kid I begun to see everything differently than my peers, I think it was because of my childhood with an alcoholic father and seeing "what grown ups were really like"...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 11, 2009

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    Already Old

    People have always commented on how wise I seem...how I am an "Old Soul."  There have been many experiences in my life that sped up my maturation, and so I guess it's little wonder that I've always acted older than I am. When I was four years old, my mother...
    Avice Avice 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 29, 2007

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    How Old Am I Truly?

    Really, I've wondered that. I've been suffering with some form of horrible age perception. One moment I think I am old, the next I feel like a small child. I'm only 24, but people think I'm older not because of my physical features, but how I act. I really don't know how to act...
    Lenna2010 Lenna2010 22-25, F Oct 13, 2012

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    The Story Of The Ice Queen

    I was three years old when my childhood ended. Although I had barely quit using diapers, this day stands as the most prominent memory of my entire childhood. I had helped my mother making strawberry porridge for later. It was the first time my sister would get to taste solid food...
    Vanaheim Vanaheim 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 7, 2013

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    Making Our Own Connections

    I grew up thinking that I wasn't good enough or worthy of a good family or true friends. I was alone, lonely, and self hatred had gotten to me. I need to be nurtured, cared for and listen too. I just never wanted to be accepting of that when I was young and in to my later teen...
    Hugsdirector Hugsdirector 36-40, F Nov 4, 2013

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    My mother is a lesbian drug addict.

    She left my father when she discover she was in love with a woman. From that day it was world war three in my family. My father left and my mom was so heavy into drugs that I had to take care of myself. I taught myself many things growing up and it plays a very big part in the...
    Secretstoshare Secretstoshare 18-21, F Jan 23

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    Ever since my parents left

    when I was 9 oncoming years all responsibility has always been on me, I have to assemble all my school stuff , papers and documents whilst they live in another area. I don't blame them for anything because it wasn't in their control, I just wish I had a chance to be a child.
    somewhatbored somewhatbored 16-17, F Apr 30

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    Permission to rant a little bit?

    I was born to 2 alcoholics. My first memory is of them arguing about me. When I was about 4, my mom physically dragged me out to live in a new apartment. She drank constantly, morning to bedtime. I know now from my dad that she did crack around me too. She brought me to strange...
    blindmelonade blindmelonade 18-21 1 Response Dec 12, 2013

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    But I'm proud of it. I'm

    now 19 years old, I have a great career, and I've got an apartment 3 hours away from my hometown. I always told myself that is get as far away as possible when I'm 18, and that's exactly what I did. Sometimes I look back and sulk at the fact I didn't have much of a childhood...
    Shelbyinshambles Shelbyinshambles 18-21, F Apr 21

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    Im 20 years old and got hpv from the guy i

    thought id spend most of my young adult years with. He was literally my home and safe place, and i cant stop thinking hes lying to me when he says he didnt know he had it before he met me. Since the day i met him i always thought there was something off about him and i let...
    xobxo94 xobxo94 18-21, F Sep 21

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