Teenage Life in Cameroon
Since most families are large, it is rare to find a child with their own room and children typically share a bed. Siblings will share some items like clothes, jewelry, or magazines. Respect, especially for elders, is part of Cameroonian culture. Teenagers may interact freely with all family members, but they still respect their elders. Teenagers in Cameroon are not very independent and are mostly dependent on their parents.
Teenagers in Cameroon are expected to take responsibility for their personal hygiene and academic life, and to also participate in the care of younger children. In Cameroon, families with high incomes give weekly or monthly pocket allowance to their children. Others try to earn money by doing small jobs during the weekends and holidays. Teenagers typically must budget for buying clothes, magazines, and other small personal items.
In Cameroon, most wealthy households have housekeepers and nannies. In poorer families, the children do most of the household chores. In Cameroon, the mother mostly cooks for everyone and sometimes girls will help. Men rarely participate in the cooking.
In Cameroon, there are public as well as academic holidays. The two major public holidays are on the 11th of February and 20th of May. The 11th of February is a day set aside for youth, and the 20th of May is the reunification day when southern and eastern Cameroon became united. The academic holidays, in which students are excused from school, include Christmas, Easter, and summer break.