society and norms – Family and Family Life: Children

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Afghan ChildrenWomen give birth with the help of a midwife, and there is a great deal of celebration at a child’s birth, especially if it is a boy. Urban parents name their children, but the oldest parental uncle names the child in rural or nomadic families.

When a boy turns 7 he leaves the woman’s quarters and is circumcised, usually by a traveling barber: then a feast is held and he is considered a man. He can wear a turban and is expected to take care of himself and work alongside his father in the fields or herding the animals. There is no equivalent ceremony for girls, who by the age of 9 or 10 are expected to have learned the skills needed to run a home. By the age of 16 girls are considered old enough to marry.[2]


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