A 21-YEAR-OLD who is mum to a teen, 15, has explained the real deal behind the rather unusual family situation.
Hunter Nelson, from Kentucky, said she was petrified that none of the fellow parents and teachers would take her seriously after seeing her youthful looks.
“No other parents or staff members at her [high school] are gonna take me serious.
“I can already feel people asking me what grade I’m in when I go to her events,'' she chuckled in the video shared on TikTok.
Of course, it's not just parents of fellow peers that might have a question or two – people on social media were just as baffled, with many wondering if Hannah became a parent at the unripe age of six.
“This video makes it sound like you had a child at the age of 6, is that what you wanted it to come across as?” wrote another.
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“OMG, You had a kid at 6?” a separate viewer said.
But as Hannah then proceeded to explain, there's more to the story.
Assuring her concerned fans, Hannah said: “I did not have a baby when I was 6.
“I recently filed for guardianship of my sister a few months ago.
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''I felt the best way to keep my sister safe, happy and to have all her needs and wants met was to come live with me.”
Sharing the story, the 21-year-old said that their father passed away in 2015 and shortly after that her half-sister, Gracie, lost her mother also.
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Upon learning that Gracie was in risk of being placed in a foster care, Hannah petitioned the courts for guardianship of the teen.
“It’s 100% legal,” she said.
However, at first, the road was bumpy and even Gracie protested her move to become a mum.
But after the teen agreed, Hannah advised others who might find themselves in a similar situation to think logically.
“Put the kid’s safety and pride and necessities over their emotions.
“Sometimes they’re not going to be happy about it.
''But you just gotta do it.”
Just like Hannah, Courtney Lee Hewitt, 25, also became a 'mum' at a young age and now has a 14-year-old ''bonus'' son.
Taking to her TikTok, where she posts under the domain @courtneyleehewitt the woman dances along to a rap song with the young lad.
"When you just turned 25 and you have a 14-year-old bonus son," she says.
Adding: "Had to redo the first video we had together – that blew up. TikTok do yo thing."
The post, which has a whopping 16 million views, was titled 'Be mad about this one, Karen'.
'Bonus' also refers to a step relative but the video dancing with her stepson has received numerous comments from confused viewers.
"What is a bonus son" commented, one person.
Another added: "I thought that was your actual son and was like you had him at 11?
"That math doesn't add up, someone help me to understand" commented a third.
In a follow-up post, she answers people's questions about her stepson.
Answering one viewer's question: "I don't get what you mean by bonus son. Could you explain it? I am new to your videos and love them by the way. Sorry if this upsets you," she said, "Welcome to my TikTok."
"I am not offended, I being asked love questions.
"Being a bonus mother is earned, the stepmother is just someone who marries the dad."
The post which has been viewed over 232k times has been met with numerous comments from people who now understand.
"Oh, I like that, bonus mom has a good ring to it" commented one person.
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"I was so curious. Glad to get this answered.
"Bonus son/mom is a nicer term than saying stepson or stepmom" commented a third.
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