Developmental literature on adolescence is reviewed with emphasis on the span between 15 and 17 years. Characteristics seen in the competent parent are identified. A chart illustrates specific parental competencies expected during mid and late adolescence, based on theory analysis. Areas of strength and potential problems for the young teenaged parent are examined. Among the deficits identified for the mid-adolescent parent are caregiving skills and affective behaviors including empathy and stimulation. Based on the resolution of developmental tasks, it is evident that a self-view as competent parent is dependent on achieving a sense of identity. Suggestions for interventions and further research focus on increasing the parental competence of the adolescent mother.