What’s it like to be a young, poor father in a developing country? Most of us don’t know – and unfortunately, the resources for those young fathers going through it haven’t been in place to help those experiencing it firsthand.
A new publication, “Teenage Tata: Voices of Young Fathers in South Africa,” covers the topic. The word “tata” has got to be some sort of Afrikaans slang, because I can’t figure out what it means. You know, aside from what it could mean in English slang.
HRSC Press created the publication to create a dialogue about what it means to be a parent in an impoverished nation, especially a father. Part research study and part narrative, the subjects of the research are quoted about their emotions and recommendations on how to parent, given their circumstances.
Luthando was one of the subjects of “Teenage Tata.” He talks about being scared and how he dealt with trips to the clinic. “I decided to pretend like [I was] her brother, becasue I’m looking younger than her,” says Luthando, about when he and his girlfriend found out she was pregnant. “[When we got home] I told nobody – until the – baby was showing. I was just afraid…of the parents of course, her parents. And I was just worried, when it comes to my family – because my mother was struggling.”
With any hopes, publications like “Teenage Tata” will help not only other fathers in impoverished nations, but also those in wealthier nations see what fathers around the world value.
(It looks like the publish date is from 2009, but PressPortal swears this is a new story…so…)