WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've taken a lot of heat the last few months for covering Oak Island's Jenelle Evans. The 19-year-old and her problems have become the star of the MTV reality show "Teen Mom 2" and tabloid covers everywhere.
Some of you have asked about more positive role models. Well, here you go.
Eryn Williams, 17, of Wilmington has worked hard to be successful as a mom and in life in general.
Like Jenelle, Eryn is a teen mom, too. But Eryn's not featured on a television show. This is her real, everyday life, and she says it's not easy.
"It was hard at first when I had her, because I was so used to doing my own thing, being a teen, sleeping in," Eryn said. "And it was hard at first, but I knew that I had a responsibility as a person and as a mother to take care of my baby the right way."
Eryn got pregnant when she was a 15-year-old freshman at Laney High School. She says she was not excited about her pregnancy at first, but knew she had to deal with the consequences of her actions.
"I know that this was a wrong decision for me to do, but it's done, and there's nothing I can do about it now, so I need to make the right decision for me and my daughter," Eryn said.
Eryn says it is not easy being a teen mom. A lot has changed since she had her daughter Allysa. Unlike the young mothers featured on MTV's 'Teen Mom 2,' Eryn says she had to refocus herself and is committed to success for her daughter.
"I set my mind to I'm going to be a mom and that's just how it's going to be from now on, because I made the choices I made when I did," Eryn said.
Since getting pregnant, Eryn graduated from high school two years early, started classes at Cape Fear Community College, gotten a job at Once Upon a Child and even finds time to volunteer at the hospital.
Eryn's mom Tammy Craig says she is proud of her daughter. She says she holds Eryn responsible every day.
"She's 100 percent the caregiver, and she still has to be an adult herself," Tammy said. "She has to work. She has to go to school. She has to maintain her own livelihood."
With help from her family and focused goals, Eryn hopes to go far. She says although her baby wasn't planned, she wouldn't change what happened for the world.
"I just can't imagine my life without her now," Eryn said about Alyssa. "It's just a blur to me how it used to be, and right now, it's everything I look forward to in the future with her."
So now we know not everyone who has a baby at a young age is a train wreck.
Eryn says she wishes she could talk to Jenelle about getting her priorities straight and her life in order. Eryn says she thinks Jenelle could be a good mom if she tried.