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The Melbourne teens, labelled Australia’s youngest parents, have two children under two, including new baby girl, Delilah Lilli.

Mollie Syrigos and her boyfriend Oscar Wilks, both 16, are proving their critics wrong by making teenage parenthood work.

The couple met when they were both 12 and became pregnant with their first child just over a year later, Theodore was born in March 2016, shares Yahoo.

“Even when I repeat it back to myself it’s gobsmacking. I used to look down at people before I had Theodore, like teenage mums,” Mollie told Today Tonight.

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“It was shocking and now I’m one and it’s even more shocking.”

They’ve been forced to grow up very, very quickly, now living in their own home, paying their own bills.

Oscar is an apprentice carpenter, baby Theodore is approaching his second birthday, and Mollie has baby number two to care for.

The teen dad said learning to cook, clean and look after a child all at the same time was a steep learning curve.

While they’re determined to raise a family on their own, Mollie’s Mum is just a phone call away.

Mollie admitted she was conscious of people making judgements at teen parents, but tries to brush it off.

“It might not be for everyone, obviously not for everyone, but it can be done,” she said.

Despite criticism over their age, and Mollie’s family insisting she abort her first child, the couple was determined to stick together and raise their family together.

“I never contemplated abortion or adoption even.

“My family was adamant on me getting an abortion and that was really traumatising for me – having to go through all that and not having a voice in such a life-changing thing.”

If you are struggling as a teenage parent or parent-to-be, Brave Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit charity that aims to build a village of acceptance and support around every person facing teenage pregnancy and parenthood.

You can also contact Kids Helpline if you need immediate professional counselling support on 1800 55 1800 and kidshelpline.com.au.

While obviously it is not an ideal situation for everyone, a HUGE congrats to Mollie and Oscar for making a go of it. They have two precious little angels. Well done guys x

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  • Good on this couple – they are following a well worn path by those who came before them and they are succeeding. I wish them every success in their life. Bet they will be more grounded than many other teenagers their age.

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  • They have had to mature much younger than most do who are out partying and probably not thinking about their future. Mollie and Oscar have their future planned. Oscar has already got a job which is an achievement. I hope they have a long happy future as a family

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  • Congratulations to them both. They’re raising their family with almost no outside help. Wish them all the best in their life together.

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  • Good on them. Whilst you wouldn’t encourage your teens to become parents, it’s the hardest job you’ll ever do, they’re giving it a great go and obviously have good support. They should be applauded.

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  • I say good on them- they made the wrong choices but they have chosen to grow up and make it work. I think it’s to be admired a lot of us as adults even try to run away from our problems.

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  • Good on them I say. In fact, they will probably make better parents than older parents as they will have more energy and will not have such a short fuse-I speak for myself here, if it were possible I would have started having my kids 15 years earlier!

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  • Good on them for making it work. I do feel sorry for them that they have to grow up so qickly and miss out on being kids then selves, but they seem to be very happy.
    I admire their dedication- I’m almost 37 with an almost 12 month old and that’s hard enough- I couldn’t imagine having 1 let alone 2 at their age! All the best to them

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  • Thanks for the article. Good luck to them, cheers.

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  • Good for them :) It would be really hard to be parents so young but they sound like they’re rising to the challenge.

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  • I wish them nothing but the best. I was a teen mother as well, having my first child at 16. I had the support of the fathers family and even teachers at school. While my relationship didn’t last, my friend who fell pregnant around the same time is celebrating 22 years with her husband (13 married) today. It might be tough but it can be done!

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  • I really liked how this article was written. It wasn’t judgey which I honestly thought it would be, and I really liked the links included at the end. Well done and good on these kids for sticking it out together. Parenthood is tough enough without having the world write you off as soon as they look at you.

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  • This takes guts. Good on them for their success so far.

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  • They have clearly proven to everybody that they can do it. Well done!! :-)

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