Parental Styles and Teenage Pregnancy
Statistics in Kenya show an increasing sexual activity among teenage girls. The age at which girls are becoming sexually active continues to come down as time goes. One consequence of this activity is teenage pregnancy, which has without doubt been blamed for the rising number of abortions, psychological trauma and related consequences among young women in Kenya. As everyone seems to be puzzled by the turn of events a question arises whether there are any chances that these teenagers will delay sex, pregnancy, and parenthood up to a time when they can make right choices. The Christian parent is faced with the task of formulating a workable plan to reverse this tragedy that has hit Kenya and seemingly the world at large. Programs designed to prevent teen pregnancy are increasingly recognizing the value of involving parents. This is partly because of the great influence that paernts have on their children and since teenage girls need a lot of help from adults to become mature and be independent while keeping the right morals. For many parents to know that they still matter to their children may be good news, quite welcome and a reason not to give up on their teenages. Even though the parents are influential, they still need guidance on how to use their influence in meaningful ways so that it gains the required result in the lives of the growing teenage girls. This paper seeks to describe the different parenting styles for teenages, find out how Christian parents have failed in their responsibility to teenage girls in the past leading to increased teenage pregancies. The paper also aims to find out what Christian parents can do in response to the challenge of teenage pregnancies facing Kenyans young girls in an effort therefore reduce the ever increasing cases of teenage pregnancies in Kenya.