parenting teen girls

Preggy at 10. Mommy at 11.

I was deeply troubled when Pili’s Population Officer told me that in another municipality in Camarines Sur, a girl got pregnant at age 10 and she gave birth in September 2017 at age 11. The Population Officer added that girls these days are having their first period (menarche) very early. Based on the findings from the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (2013), more than 1 in 10 girls experienced menstruation before age 12.

The children’s right I am most passionate about

A loving family plays a crucial role in the growth and well-being of children. A loving family helps a child thrive.

Children with parents who are engaged in their lives, who provide healthy boundaries and monitor their friends and activities, and who have open and honest conversations with them about sexuality-related matters are less likely to engage in risky behaviours and have an unplanned pregnancy.