We met a little early, but I get to love you longer This project stems from the reaction I had when my teenage twin sister told me she was pregnant. I was angry; I called her a ‘slut’ and told her to get an abortion because I thought she could have a ‘better life’. But what is a better life? I always knew that at some stage she was going to be a mum, I just hadn’t expected it to be so early in her life. On reflection, I realised my reaction framed my sister’s pregnancy as a social problem. Instead of supporting her choice, I defaulted to the all too common assumption that becoming a mother at a young age was irresponsible and irrational. Similarly, most public discourses do not consider that becoming a mother at a young age could ever be a rational choice. Is it correct to assume that all young mothers are doing a bad job? Throughout Australia young mothers are presented as a type: low social economic backgrounds, poorly educated, lazy and without ambition. With teenage pregnancy ‘normal’ in my hometown, each story is close or personal to me in some way. ‘We met a little early, but I get to love you longer’ is a collaboration with young mothers from my neighbourhood or local area. By investigating and individualizing the complex range of issues that lead teen girls to early pregnancy and the challenges they face, the collaborations seek to show that each mother is different, and there is no ‘uniform’ type. By listening and telling the stories of others, we come to understand that there are no stereotypes and we stand as individuals.