You are not alone. Many parents share this concern. There’s a widespread fear that talking to their children about sex will make them curious and eager to try it. But this is not true. Sex education does not encourage children […]
How do you even start the conversation? What should you say? How can you make her feel comfortable and informed? Vagina hygiene is not just about cleanliness, it is also about preventing infections, irritation, and other problems that can affect […]
That’s why I was saddened when I read some online comments on a Reddit thread saying that parents should not be the ones to teach their children about sexuality. But the truth is, as a parent, you are the best […]
While promoting abstinence is well-intentioned and aims to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections like HIV, it hasn’t produced the desired results. Several factors contribute to its shortcomings: The limited scope of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) In Kenya, when […]
Her dreams of acquiring an education have been disrupted not by a stranger but by someone well-known to her and her family: their houseboy! Upon interrogation, the teenager opened up that the houseboy had molested her severally and issued threats […]
Your child is likely a late bloomer, and late bloomers are children who develop slower than their peers in various aspects such as academics, social skills, or physical growth. These groups may face unique psychological challenges because of a lack […]
Sometimes, peer pressure can have positive effects, such as encouraging teens to try new things, develop new skills, or join a club or team. However, peer pressure can also have negative effects, such as exposing teens to risky or harmful […]
I know how it feels to have low self-esteem as a teenager especially in the context of sexual health and reproductive rights. I was much younger than my classmates when I started school, and I had to deal with the […]
She says her parents never had “the sex talk” with her, even though they were both teachers and her mom was a Sunday school teacher. They never mentioned anything about sexuality, sexual abuse, body image, mental health or puberty. Muthoni […]
In various African cultures, dads aren’t just breadwinners but pillars of strength, wisdom, and guidance for their families. But how impactful are hugs from these paternal figures, especially regarding their teenage daughters? A recent social media survey sheds light on […]
Elema Joyce, Miss Universe Kenya Marsabit County 2022, shared on Facebook how societal conditioning during her teenage years negatively affected her self-esteem. In her community, not having a bright complexion was considered unattractive. Reflecting on her journey, Elema confessed to […]
For a single father, discussing topics such as menstruation with your daughter might be challenging, especially considering the African traditional beliefs. A recent study on social media revealed the different perspectives of men in Kenya about menstruation. As much as […]
Acne affects physical appearance and can impact self-esteem and confidence during a crucial developmental stage. As a parent, offering support, understanding, and practical solutions is essential to help your daughter navigate this challenging period. The following tips can guide you […]
Recalling the incident, Muthoni shared, “I simply thought that my son had been involved in a school fight or had not done his homework or – something within this line.” Upon her arrival at the school in Nairobi, Muthoni was […]
To support you in #havingthetalk, I have compiled a list of five things your children want to know about menstruation: 1. What causes a period? Pre-adolescents are confused – and want to know, about what’s actually happening to their bodies […]
Very few of us have good examples of how to have the talk with our kids, because for our own parents sex was a taboo, something we were simply told to abstain from with no information or place to turn […]
As parents, we often think of conversations about sexuality and relationships as something awkward, routine or even harmful. Many of us even try to avoid the conversation altogether. If you need inspiration for why you should starting having these very […]
Parents need to initiate discussions about healthy relationships, consent, contraception, and the consequences of early sexual activity by providing accurate information and clarifying misconceptions. Parents can empower their children to make responsible choices.
Every parent hopes that their child will grow up to become a successful and responsible individual in society. In our context, education is an important pathway to this successful future.
What comes to mind when you hear about the climate crisis? Perhaps you envision the catastrophic double disaster that struck Haiti in 2021 or the plight of pastoralists in Kenya whose herds are dying out due to drought.
In the heart of Makina, Kibra, Africa’s largest informal settlement, a young woman named Zuhura (20) resides. Everyday grapples with the profound consequences of our society’s failure to provide teenagers with access to sex education.
Sexuality education is a crucial but challenging subject that many parents struggle to speak about with their children. Many times, this is because parents do not know where to start.
Imagine this – a young girl, only twelve years old, finds herself huddled in the corner of her room, tears streaming down her chubby cheeks. Confusion and fear grip her heart as she discovers a big patch of blood on her school dress, accompanied by piercing abdominal pain.