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Number Of Young Thai Children Abandoned By Parents Has Increased

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More grandparents playing mum and dad

By The Nation

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The number of young children abandoned by parents to the care of grandparents has increased fivefold in the past two decades, especially in poor families in the North and Northeast, according to a Thailand Development Research Institute study released yesterday.

There are around 2.3 million households in which children are being raised by grandparents because the parents have migrated to Bangkok and cities for employment. The number is five times larger than the figure 23 years ago, while the average age of grandparents is 65 years, said TRDI researcher Niphon Phuaphongsakorn at a seminar.

Children in such households have less chance of attending higher education, with male children pursuing undergraduate study decreasing by 25 per cent and females pursuing uppersecondary level falling by 0.2 per cent. Other factors included the behaviour and educational background of their parents.

Six in ten Thai children are living with parents, a figure that has decreased by around 1.4 per cent each year, and by more in families living upcountry.

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-- The Nation 2011-03-18

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Very sad, Many of these upcountry grandparents are illiterate and very far behind the times. This would take a massive toll on the kids potential.

Also psychologically there must also be some issues, and how do these kids learn to be parents to their own kids one day?

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Children in such households have less chance of attending higher education, with male children pursuing undergraduate study decreasing by 25 per cent and females pursuing uppersecondary level falling by 0.2 per cent.

At 2 10th of 1% for girls it would seem statistically irrelevant.

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The lack of education - particularly sex education - in Thailand's underaged kids goes a long way to solving the problem. As has been told to me on many occasions, 'we all have a 'mistake' by the time we are 20 because our boyfriends refused to use a condom." So when reality hits, and after the birth, they come to the city to sell what they gave away for free in the village using the only real asset they deem themselves to have, and leave the child with grandparents, which is a far better option (in my opinion) than placing a 6 month old baby in some overpriced day care centre with multiple of the same problem, limited hugs and connectivity etc, so the parents can head to work! No easy solution but comparing apples with apples, Thailand still is stronger in the family unit than the west and that suits me fine.

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I've met many a girl with kids that they've shipped off to their parents. The girls live in Bkk while the child lives somewhere else upcountry.

My philosophy in life is 'don't have a child if you can't afford one' but this is not a perfect world. Some of the girls miss their kids a lot and see them at every chance. Some couldn't give a shit and would rather go out with their friends.

It's all about education.

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Reading the report it appears

40% of Thai children don't live with their parents

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The lack of education - particularly sex education - in Thailand's underaged kids goes a long way to solving the problem. As has been told to me on many occasions, 'we all have a 'mistake' by the time we are 20 because our boyfriends refused to use a condom." So when reality hits, and after the birth, they come to the city to sell what they gave away for free in the village using the only real asset they deem themselves to have, and leave the child with grandparents, which is a far better option (in my opinion) than placing a 6 month old baby in some overpriced day care centre with multiple of the same problem, limited hugs and connectivity etc, so the parents can head to work! No easy solution but comparing apples with apples, Thailand still is stronger in the family unit than the west and that suits me fine.

Can't help but notice you basically are putting this on the mother but then talk about the 'parents' going to work. The sad fact is this should be looked at as both a male/female problem and if it was .. it would be less of a problem. If the father stuck around then many of these women would not be in the position they are in. Hopefully the day is not far off when Thailand will take the steps many other countries have and hold the father liable in supporting their children. Too many young men in Thailand have far too many children with far too many women and provide no support to any of them. If held accountable for their actions they too would have motivation to use a condom.

Edit: I don't mean to say you blame this on the women only but it seems so few times anybody thinks about or holds the father accountable here as would be the case in the west. And I do agree Thailand has a strong view of the family unit.

Edited by Nisa

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Can't help but notice you basically are putting this on the mother but then talk about the 'parents' going to work. The sad fact is this should be looked at as both a male/female problem and if it was .. it would be less of a problem. If the father stuck around then many of these women would not be in the position they are in. Hopefully the day is not far off when Thailand will take the steps many other countries have and hold the father liable in supporting their children. Too many young men in Thailand have far too many children with far too many women and provide no support to any of them. If held accountable for their actions they too would have motivation to use a condom.

Womans body, womans choice ......... womans problem.

Equality with responsibility, I know a novel idea in the western world.

Edited by pjclark1

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The lack of education - particularly sex education - in Thailand's underaged kids goes a long way to solving the problem. As has been told to me on many occasions, 'we all have a 'mistake' by the time we are 20 because our boyfriends refused to use a condom." So when reality hits, and after the birth, they come to the city to sell what they gave away for free in the village using the only real asset they deem themselves to have, and leave the child with grandparents, which is a far better option (in my opinion) than placing a 6 month old baby in some overpriced day care centre with multiple of the same problem, limited hugs and connectivity etc, so the parents can head to work! No easy solution but comparing apples with apples, Thailand still is stronger in the family unit than the west and that suits me fine.

Can't help but notice you basically are putting this on the mother but then talk about the 'parents' going to work. The sad fact is this should be looked at as both a male/female problem and if it was .. it would be less of a problem. If the father stuck around then many of these women would not be in the position they are in. Hopefully the day is not far off when Thailand will take the steps many other countries have and hold the father liable in supporting their children. Too many young men in Thailand have far too many children with far too many women and provide no support to any of them. If held accountable for their actions they too would have motivation to use a condom.

Knowing rural families, the girl ALSO has choices, she should insist on a condom or whatever-or keep em closed.

Girls are said to mature earlier than boys so maybe they shoud be then more aware than them re risks...............Most of the cases are not love----the thrill of it all EH!!..............so the girl gets pregnant, names the boy, the family will benefit with a 50,000 baht payout if it can. They may well be pushed together into marriage, no love here, save face. then the seperation. What other options are open.

the money got from the boy could go towards bringing the kid up.............many cases the boy can't pay up, CAUSE he is at school.................if not and he is working then he should have to pay his "upbringing fees"..BUT not forgetting his family will have already have given a fee to MARRY. EASY to throw the emphasis just on the boy. both should share the responsibility.

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Everything in this country is about education. As long as males can screw around and make (innocent/uneducated) girls pregnant, the "Woman's body, woman's choice ......... woman's problem" regretfully applies.

Parents (specially upcountry in Nakorn Noeducation) push for grandchildren, sex education is unknown, and males are not taken to responsibility for basic things such as child support etc.; a deadly cocktail.

Once women take birth control into their own hands (and there are countless options these days) the situation might improve. Rekon another generation or two and in the meantime, this materialistic country will produce a lot of unwanted kiddies ending up as messenger boys and gogo dancers, sleeping around to produce the next generation of ...... Vicious circle indeed!

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Sadly, most of the girls working for me/other business around me, have children living with granparents.

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Reading the report it appears

40% of Thai children don't live with their parents

There are around 2.3 million households in which children are being raised by grandparents because the parents have migrated to Bangkok and cities for employment.

But many "Chai Dee Farlangs" will come and marry them, plus taking care their kids. That's what a Thai man would never do. What sort of employment can an Isan girl expect in Bangkok, Pattaya, or elsewhere?:jap:

Edited by sirchai

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And the children will have children, and new cycles begin, inflating the pool of parentless children. Any breakdown by province?

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this is sad news, but how about it ? who is keeping them poor ? they are driving to prostitution?

rich chinese thai elite in bangkok wants them to stay poor so they can be kept als cheap slaves for domestic tasks...

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