Madam Dorsia Ocansey, a resource person of the Family Strengthening Programme at Tema, has said the adolescent stage in children’s life is critical and there is the need to support and guide them.

She said in life nothing came easy but with effort and hard work much could be achieved, adding that human beings were unique and very difficult to deal with and urged parents not give up in shaping the lives of the adolescent.

Madam Ocansey made the remark when the Family Strengthening Programme organised a meeting for parents to educate them on how to handle their adolescent children.

She said puberty varied from one child to the other, with some children reaching puberty earlier whilst others much later and that period of time in a person’s life is when his or her body changed from a child’s body into an adult.

She said some characteristics of the adolescent stage are they strive for individuality yet crave for peer acceptance, they are greatly influenced by their peers and act like they know everything yet they lack much experience.

“It is thus very necessary or important that adolescents are given accurate and basic education about their sexuality, stressing the ethics and importance of sex in later life and marriage,” Madam Ocansey said.

She advised parents to provide information to their youth about reproductive health and sexuality and have the time to discuss issues not in a judgemental way; listen to their children’s views/opinions and guide them alongside.

“Address their undesirable habits and vices; create a conducive home environment for them and train them well because charity begins at home. Involve them in discussions and decisions concerning their education, training and future plans, else you might not achieve any results,” the resource person said.

Madam Ocansey called on parents to visit the schools of their children once a while, and should not leave them to their fate, thinking that they were adults. There is the need to know their friends and show interest in their activities.

Mr Dziedzom Owusu-Agbe, the Tema Family Strengthening Programme Project Officer, said care-givers were being train to take good care of the adolescent children.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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