Teen mom without babysitter takes her 1-year old to prom. They're adorable.

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Jun. 28 2024, Published 5:47 p.m. ET

A teenage mom has been praised for taking her toddler as her date to the school prom. Melissa Mccabe, now 16, became pregnant at 14 and gave birth to Arthur in November 2020. Mccabe, who lives in Tranmere, England, describes her 1-year-old son as her "little blessing" and wanted him to be part of her prom. "When prom came around, no one could really have him and I wanted him to be a part of my prom day. I ordered him a suit and took him with me. All of the teachers were saying how gorgeous he looked," Mccabe told The Liverpool Echo. She said it was amazing to bring him along and get good pictures of them together. "We don’t really have any nice up-to-date pictures of us. He loved it and he particularly loved all the snacks!” she said.

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Mccabe shared the video on TikTok, where it garnered over 1.6 million views and 227,000 likes. She mentioned that the reactions have been overwhelmingly supportive. “I’ve had the odd couple of negative comments but I’ve also had messages from girls who are pregnant and still in school, worried about going back. I’ve mainly had loads of people being really supportive, which is really nice because it's coming from people I don’t know,” she said. “Arthur is genuinely the most kind-hearted little boy. He loves everyone around him and he’s so spoiled,” she added.

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Melissa recalls facing negativity and hurtful comments after getting pregnant during the lockdown. She gave birth at 15. Now, she speaks out to break the stigma surrounding teen mothers. She mentioned that her brother and sister-in-law have been a huge support throughout. “When I found out I was pregnant, obviously I was really young. It was hard because everyone told me I was ruining my life and I wasn’t going to get my GCSEs. So many people make comments when I’m out with him," she recalled. "Often people think he’s my little brother, and when I tell them he’s mine, their attitude completely changes. Older people especially find it disgusting because obviously, their way was to get married first and then have kids."

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The prom was a significant boost for Mccabe as students and teachers cheered for her and Arthur. “It was so nice because people who I don’t normally even speak to were coming up and saying how cute Arthur is and how proud they are of me," she said. "I couldn’t have asked for better support from my teachers at school. My deputy head and my form tutor especially have been so supportive throughout it all. They’re the people who’ve got me through the bad times being a mum.”

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She completed her GCSEs in June 2022 and is now set to study Health and Social Care at college in September. This achievement is significant for her, especially considering the many people who said she wouldn't be able to return to school. “I am proud of myself," she said. "Especially considering Arthur only has one parent, I think I’ve done a good job."

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You can follow Melissa Mccabe (@melissaabby14) on TikTok for more adorable content with her son.

This article was originally published on July 14, 2022. It has since been updated.

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