If the latest population census statistics are anything to go by, single parenthood is skyrocketing in Kenya. For a moment, forget about single fathers; most remarry almost immediately, while the others seem content in their singlehood; nobody says anything, positive or negative, about them. Single mothers, on the other hand, have to contend with misconceptions and judgmental comments, especially from men, and society in general.
Today, it is common to see school going girls giving birth at an early age. Initially, conceiving while still under your parents care and unmarried was a disgrace to the family. Many culprits would often keep off social functions due to shame and not many would dare risk to be seen with such a girl.
Returning to the dating scene after years on the scene after years of being on the shelf can be tedious; emotionally that is. Things have changed. The game is not what it used to be and online dating is definitely an option.
An unexpected pregnancy, consigned many teenage mothers to bad marriages, prostitution and destitution, just to escape the wrath of furious fathers. The Nairobian conducted a survey, that though not scientific, revealed interesting findings. An interesting revelation was that Kenyan men have thawed their attitudes towards marrying single mothers.
Getting a child forces a woman to grow. She tends to be more mature than her peers who have no children. Some men view a single mother to be a burden or a no-no.
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Even though he was speaking of the rural setting where young girls have at least two children before they turn 21, his attitude towards single mothers is the same one guys in the urban areas have. You are not strong enough to handle them. I spoke to a friend who has dated single mothers.
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Author: Ian Isherwood. Updated: 3 years ago. In the last three years, Ian Isherwood has been helping singles in Kenya find love online and offline.