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Study Up For 'Think': Unexpected, Yet Familiar, Parenthood

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What happens to a mother when she finds out her 19-year-old son is going to be a father? Anne Lamott got her own surprise when she found out she was pregnant as a recovered addict. She reconciles that experience with her son's journey in Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son. Lamott and fellow mom Krys Boyd discuss the timeless shock of parenting at 1 p.m.

To watch Sam and his mother speak together on the subject is to understand their relationship, and their similarities as parents who faced nontraditional circumstances. They share varying opinions on the first conversation about Sam's girlfriend's pregnancy in this video for the NY Times' Motherlode blog.

"My old life is over," Sam says. "But a new life has begun."

Lamott is at Arborlawn United Methodist Church on Tuesday for a book signing and Q&A session.

Listen to Think from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on KERA 90.1. You can stream the show at

Lyndsay Knecht is assistant producer for Think.