Friday, February 13, 2009

The Youngest Dad I've Ever Seen

While Americans continue to talk about octuplet Mom Nadya Suleman, Brits are talking about Alfie Patten, a 13-year-old boy who recently became a father after just one night of unprotected sex.

The pictures are incredible: biologically, this boy may be 13 and obviously more than capable of fathering a child, but visually and (I'd hazard a guess) emotionally, he's just a boy. A young boy who has no idea what fatherhood means, and yet is trying valiantly to hide his fears and be a good Dad.

Parents, talk to your sons. If ever there was a story that emphasized the need to talk straight about sex, this is it. Teens CAN become pregnant after just one night of sex. It's even possible for them to become pregnant without having actual intercourse -- not to mention the risk to both teens of acquiring a STD.

You know all this already. But do your sons? As Alife's story indicates, it's never too early to talk to our sons about sex.


  1. Wow this is the kinda story that has fire shooting out my ears! I am clicking over to read it right now!

  2. I'm pretty sure I feel worse now seeing them and just how young they are. Shocked is not even the word for it.

  3. Sorry about that, Heather! It's not fair, is it?