UKs youngest grandparents say strangers think granddaughter is their kid
Britain's youngest grandparents say strangers are shocked when they see them out walking their granddaughter.
At just 34 and 35 years old respectively, Jenni Medlam and her husband Richard believe they could be the youngest couple in the country to have a daughter with a baby.
Charmaine, 17, gave birth to Isla-May in June which was exactly the same age as Jenni was when she brought her into the world.
The new grandmother from Hull said: "When we are out with Isla everyone just assumes that she is mine and Richard's daughter.
"When we explain to them that we are actually grandparents they get the absolute shock of their life. Most people don't believe us when we tell them.
"But I can obviously understand why people would think we are her parents as we are still in our early thirties."
When Charmaine first told her parents that she was pregnant, Jenni – who was 33 when Isla-May was born – admits they were "really shocked".
However, after coming to terms with the news, she now says they are both loving their new roles.
"I'm Nanna and Richard is G'pa," she says. "Being young grandparents just means you have more time to love your grandchild and longer to cherish them.
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"And we might even get great-grandchildren."
After becoming a teenage mum herself, Jenni – who also has two other daughters, Chelsey, 13, and Scarlett, 10 – didn't have a support network to help her through it and she was very isolated.
Jenni didn't want her daughter to have the same experience as she did and vowed to support her.
She added: "I knew exactly how Charmaine would be feeling having to tell her mum she was pregnant.
"But I told her it's her body and her decision and I would support her either way."
Jenni, who runs her own cleaning business, thinks that teenage mums are stereotyped but insists that having a baby doesn't mean your life is over.
She says that although she was a teen mum, she was still able to work and bring up her daughter, and even start her own business.
"Charmaine has watched me go to work and do well for myself while bringing her up, so she knows it's possible," she explains.
"She wants to go to college and do beauty. There is a stereotype about young mums which I don't think is fair.
"You can still enjoy your life and achieve whatever you want even if you have a baby when you're younger.
"I am glad that I am able to show my daughter that everything can still work out for you."
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