Every young man has dreams and aspirations. Having a baby, however, is the last thing on your mind. If it happens, it impacts on the rest of your life either positively, or negatively, writes ALLAN OLINGO.
Being a young father is quite a scare for many men. They will, most of the time, find excuses to avoid the fatherhood responsibilities. For these young fathers, however, they have embraced fatherhood and are proud to share their experiences.
How does it feel being a young parent?
I am passionate about my daughter. I enjoy being a young parent as I get to bond with her and we understand each other in a unique way. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I know people always ask whether I planned for this. Yes, I did and am proud to be a loving father to my beautiful daughter.
Did you always want a daughter?
In my family, we are four children. I have a younger brother and two older sisters. So, I never got to have a younger sister whom I would pamper, protect and take care of. I really wanted a daughter so that I can be there for her. It’s like I wanted to make up for not having a sister younger than me.
How does the mother take your relationship with the daughter?
She appreciates what I do for our daughter. Initially when she was pregnant, she was worried about how I would relate with the baby when it comes and whether I would take up my responsibilities. I did, much to her pride.
Most men always refuse to take up responsibilities after fathering children, what would you tell them?
A child is a blessing from God. Always take up your responsibility — that’s what makes you a man. It really doesn’t matter whether it is planned or unplanned pregnancy, but owning up for your action and taking up the responsibility is the best that you can do.
What about those who route for abortion once they get a girl pregnant?
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