Vero as she is popularly known within shomolu community of Lagos State where she lives with her parents decided to take her life by taking rat poison. The 15years old girl complained that her mother who is a petty trader by the roadside is always scolding at her. This incident took place on the 18th of August, that day she was scold for leaving the house since morning and returning late. vero got angry, took a rat poison at home named 'commando' mix it with water and drank it. She jokely informed her neighbours and friends of what she had done. She said she wants to die so that she will leave her mother alone. People thought she was joking when she was saying it, even when her mother was informed that her daughter took poison her remark was 'if she wants to die let her die'
Later that day, Vero started complaining of stomach upset which lasted for two days. she died early hours on 20th of August. Vero had just completed her junior secondary education and is awaiting result.
I really wonder what is happening, a similar incident also took place in another part of Nigeria where a boy also took his life because he was scolded for failing is exams.
Then i ask, what is happening? what is the problem? Is it with our children or our Parent?. The level of Parent-Child Communication needs to be improved. Handling adolescence could be very challenging especially in today's world. Relationships between parents and their children could be greatly improved when there is effective communication taking place. In general, if communication between parents and their children is good, then their relationships are good as well. Parents who communicate effectively with their children are more likely to have children who are willing to do what they are told. Such children know what to expect from their parents, and once children know what is expected of them, they are more likely to live up to these expectations. They are also more likely to feel secure in their position in the family, and are thus more likely to be cooperative.