Teenage pregnancy has become very rampant. Teenage is under 20. A female can become pregnant from sexual intercourse after she has began to ovulate which can be before her first menstrual periods (menarche) but usually after her period.
In well nourished females, menarche usually takes place around 12 or 13. It is now common, seeing under age females with pregnancy. ENCOMIUM Weekly sought Nigerians opinion on teenage pregnancy. Here are their responses…
‘THE BLAME IS FROM PARENTS, ESPECIALLY THE MOTHER’ – Mrs. Badmosi Olorunkemi
The blame is from parents, especially the mother. When a female child is getting to puberty, even before puberty, the mother need to orientate her daughter, tell her the implications behind it. We are now a civilized country not our own time. The children we have now have very sharp brain and the type of friends they mingle with and films they watch influence them.
Good parents need to take note of that. Mothers should let their daughters to be free to talk not using with tough hand all the time.
‘MOST PARENTS DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN’ – Mrs. Adebayo Odutola
From my own perspective, the course of teenage pregnancy is because most parents don’t care about their children. Some parents even ask the children not to work to give them money. My question is, where does she or he want to get the money from? This leads to why some children beg for money from guys and the guys will have to collect something back, then she will start sleeping around with men. The result will be pregnancy or abortion.
So, parent should learn to take care of their children not only female but the male child too.
‘MOST PARENTS INDULGE THEIR GIRLS’ – Mrs. Adeniyi Asabi
The problem comes from parents. Most parents indulge their girls. They don’t give them good morals. Second, most female children are morally decadent. Some beg for money from men and this will lead to sex and to teenage pregnancy. In all, there is no fear of God again in this country if there is fear of God, children will know the implication from the book of God.
‘RECESSION CAUSES TEENAGE PREGRANCNY’ – Ilesanmi Adegunle Damilola
I will say the cause of teenage pregnancy is recession. Why is it recession is that there is no money in the country and most parents find it difficult to satisfy their children. And these children want to be among. This will lead to begging for money from guys and men will definitely give if they can sleep with them.
So, the government has to be blamed, if the country is in good shape. Things will not be like this.
‘THE NEGLIGENCE OF SOME PARENTS CAUSE IT’ – Makinde Oredunu
First, the negligence of some parents cause it. Some parents are too busy to take care of their children. Some even think their children are old enough to take care of themselves, when the children are above 12. Their thinking is that, they can feed on their own therefore, I’m not blaming the children, I am blaming the parents (father and mother).
‘. SOME CHILDREN ARE JUST NOT SATISFIED WITH WHATEVER THEY HAVE’ – Mr. John Smith
I will blame the parents and the children. In what way? Some parents are too hard and strict on their children which sometimes mislead the children. Some children are just not satisfied with whatever they have not minding their age and level. They just want to have it, immediately. I can say five percent of those kind of children are victims, while the other 95 percent are safe. It can also be from there peer group, depending on the kind of friends they mingle with.
‘SOME TEENAGERS LACK OF DISCIPLINE AND SEXUAL EDUCATION’ – Mrs. Arowosafe Kafayat
All I can say about the cause of teenage pregnancy is lack of discipline and lack of sexual education by the parents. In what sense, parents should learn how to orientate their children on the implications of having sex at that stage. Parents should carefully watch their children, especially the females ones.
‘ABSENT OF SOME PARENTS CAN CAUSE IT’ – Odunsi Tomisin
What I think that can cause this, is peer pressure. During adolescence, teenagers often feel pressure to make friends and fit in with their peers. Also absent of their parents can cause it. Some children even lack knowledge, it can also be sexual abuse or rape.
‘THE CAUSE OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY IS LACK OF PARENTAL’ – Bashiru Adewale
The cause of teenage pregnancy is lack of parental or guardian care. May be some parents or guardians are maltreating the children this may lead to the reasons why they sleep around with men.
‘SOME PARENTS EVEN FIND IT DIFFICULT TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEIR CHILDREN’ – Obafemi Deborah
This is a terrible thing going on in the country and the cause is recession, because there is no money everywhere, some parents even find it difficult to take good care of their children. This could cause a problem for some children. They would be collecting money from men because they want to be like peers. So, parent should learn how to give good moral and sex lecture to their female children.
- SHUKURAT ALIMI