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Raising a child is always presented as a great challenge. Adopting the role of father is a great challenge for anyone, but the difficulty in taking care of the child will increase when you are a father at an early age. Being a good teenage dad is difficult but not impossible.
Adolescence is a transitional stage that usually takes place between the ages of 11 and 18, where the childhood stage is set aside, but physical and psychological maturity has not yet been reached.
It is a time of physical changes where young people experience changes of a sexual nature such as hair growth throughout the body (secondary sexual nature) and the reproductive system matures. In the case of boys, the testicles grow and sperm begins to be generated. This implies that the libido is awakened.
The psychological changes focus, above all, on the search for his identity where the young man tries to “get rid” of the identity that, according to him, has been imposed on him at home and looks for models outside the family environment. Parents will stop being the role model. This search implies social interaction with their peers who will now be their role model.
It is also a time where there is great difficulty in managing emotions. This is manifested by continuous mood swings in the adolescent. This instability causes the young person to go through different emotional states such as: irritation, insecurities, shyness, sadness or uncontrolled joy.
The most common fears faced by young boys who are going to be parents are:
- Fear of not being able to take charge in the best possible way. Not having a stable financial situation is one of the great fears of future parents.
- What will happen to the relationship. Another fear of parents is wondering what role they play after the baby is born. They become three in the family and he does not know where his place is, fearing to be left out.
Added to these fears is the question that many adolescents may ask themselves: "How am I going to teach a stable identity to the baby, if I don't even know who I am?"
Emotional instability in adolescents will increase all these fears and difficulties in parenting.
To all the fears that an adolescent parent has to face must be added all the sacrifices to make, such as temporarily leaving school, stopping spending time with himself and his group of friends, etc. . On the other hand, being a young father also has advantages such as, for example:
- The adolescent parent has Lots of energy to be able to play hours and hours with your child.
- Taking care of your own child will help you mature emotionally in a faster and more positive way.
It is important for teen parents to have the support of your environment, that is, your partner and your parents. Thanks to this help, young people will find the right tools to manage anxiety, in addition to receiving guidance advice to be able to exercise their fatherhood in a responsible way.
Thus, for the adolescent father, as well as for the mother, the grandparents and, above all, the baby, it is extremely important that this family union occurs. In addition to the family environment, a psychological support space where the father has his own environment where he can vent and ask for advice will be of great help.
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