Do not punish girls twice

2015-05-14 06:00

Any parent who kicks out a teenager for falling pregnant is irresponsible.

While it is not right for our kids to fall pregnant when young, there is no need to punish a girl child by forcing her into a life where she might end up being a prostitute in order to survive.

Kicking her out of your house will only make matters worse for her. It will also continue the cycle of poverty. No matter how angry we may be as parents when our girls disappoint us, we must never throw them out to the wolves.

When my daughter fell pregnant at the age of 17, I raised her child and encouraged her to go back to school, get into university and obtain a degree. Today I’m proud of the decision I took back then because my daughter’s life has improved a lot. It makes me happy to see her succeeding because she took my advice and went back to school. We all make mistakes in life, and should not be discarded

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