Friday, November 30, 2012

Introduction

Being a father is a difficult task but to become father as a young adolescent is an even greater challenge. A youth is often concerned with school, work and friends; a young father also carries the responsibility of raising a family.

There is a common misconception that adolescent fathers are irresponsible because they have sired a child out of wedlock. However, there are many who take responsibility for their actions and take care of their children as best as they can. Plenty of adolescent fathers eventually marry the women who have borne their children. Though the trials are doubled for adolescent fathers, they can succeed in life.

There are many resources and articles about young adolescent fathers in the world. We have used some of the most recent and many of our sources included some programs to help teenage fathers. However, there is limited related literature on adolescent fathers in the Philippines so we used other relevant articles that are connected to this topic.

DiConsiglio, John. "Father's Day, Everyday" Scholastic Choices. 22.4 (Jan 2007): 6(6).

This article narrates how a teenage father works two jobs to support his family and sacrificed much to finish high school. Many teenage fathers have absent fathers during their childhood. Teens are better able to cope with responsibilities if they have a supportive network. Family and friends help a great deal; programs for teen fathers can provide him with skills and counseling. However, if given the chance, many teen fathers would prefer not to have children at a young age. There are several tips from the article that would be helpful for teen fathers.

"ATTENTION Teen Dads
1) It's natural to be scared of being a father. Having a child is a huge responsibility. But the best way to calm your fears is to get involved in your baby's life.
2) Don't drop out. It's tempting to leave school and work to make money for your baby. But raising a child is a long-term gig, and the best way to provide for your child's future is to at least finish high school.
3) Stay connected with your baby's mother on some level. The two of you may not stay together as a couple, but you will always be permanently connected by your child. You need to have a working relationship with as little drama as possible. "Both of you are responsible for raising your child," says Olivia Campbell of the ECP.
4) Talk to, feed, and dress your baby. Infants need physical affection from both parents.
5) Talk to your parents or other adults you trust about being a parent. They can provide valuable advice about how to raise a child.

SOURCE: EDUCATING COMMUNITIES FOR PARENTING; WWW.TEENBREAKS.COM

Try This
Below is a list of seven daily responsibilities a parent has when caring for an infant.
1) Wake up when the baby wakes up in the morning, which is usually early.
2) Change diapers every one to two hours.
3) Feed the baby every two to three hours.
4) Play with the baby in a safe and clean environment.
5) When the baby naps, make sure he or she is comfortable and protected.
6) Calm the baby when he or she is upset.
7) Never leave the baby alone."

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