There are a number of things a growing child should know and the home is the one place children are taught and equipped with skills they need to cope with life as adults.
Imagine a girl never knowing about menstruation until she became 30+ years old. This is not fiction but someone’s real life’s story. She was given in marriage just about when she started to get to puberty. This lady had her babies in quick successions and while breast feeding she never menstruated. And so at 30+ years old she found herself bleeding and thought something was wrong. She became worried visiting different doctors. Finally a doctor asked her about when her last menstruation was and she stared back looking blank. It was discovered that she never knew that girls, women menstruated.
Seriously?!!! It is a bewildering story to me…i just felt it was so unfair! First her childhood was stolen from her by marrying her off so quickly then she never even got to learn the lessons of what attaining puberty means. How in heaven’s name would she even be able to teach her own girls what it means to menstruate and attain sexual maturity?
As a parent take your children through the signs of puberty and allow your child especially the girl child to enjoy the process of becoming an adult.
As a mum i am going to teach my girl (and my boy of course) all she needs to know about her body and puberty. We seriously need to do more to prepare children for life by communicating needed information. Sexuality education is important, be there for your children as they go through the process of puberty.
Help STOP CHILD MARRIAGE!!!
Adebisi Adetunji (C)