Any wise Parent or Guardian should as a matter of priority help to channel the energies and exuberance of these teenagers so that they are not misdirected and misused.
HAS THE SOCIETY FAILED OUR TEENAGERS?
A Teenager is a boy or girl within the age bracket 13 and 19 years. It is the age young people should be in Secondary School. For those who are gifted and fast, they should have finished Secondary School by age 19 years and may have gained admission to a University to do a degree programme. It is expected that by this age, their concern should be how to make or create a career for themselves. It is the age when their parents and teachers should help direct and focus them on the best ways to attain greatness in life and make get meaning of what life is all about.
Any wise Parent or Guardian should as a matter of priority help to channel the energies and exuberance of these teenagers so that they are not misdirected and misused. Teenagers will indeed owe a lot of gratitude to their parents if they are help at this age to learn how to lead a good life of hard work. It is a period when teenagers should be taught value orientation and morals which will help them pass through this adolescent stage and mature to adulthood.
These things seem to be lacking in our society and homes judging from the rate of teenage pregnancies in our society today. I emotion laden and my heart bleeding as I read an article written by one Philippa Mingins titled TEEN PREGNANCY IS THE WAY ACCORDING TO BRITISH YOUNGEST MUM. In that article she noted that Amy Crowther became pregnant at age 12 years for her first child and another pregnancy at age 16 years for her second child. Instead of being sober and remorseful for her deeds, she was bold enough to say in the public that becoming pregnant as a teenager is the best way of doing things and wished her daughter who is 7 years old now will give birth at 12 years to make her a grandmother at 27 years.
Unfortunately, she has been under stress and depression because she dropped out of schools to tend her children and in 2009, according to the article, Amy Crowther was caught in possession of cannabis. She admitted to the Judge that she was using it to fight stress of parenthood. From the story of this youngest British mother it is evident that indeed being pregnant as a teenager is not the best way of doing things. This is based on her story for the following reasons. (To be continued in part 2).
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