My 17 year old daughter has a class at school this year called Early Lifespan Development. She has a wonderful teacher who has taught her so many things about “real life.” But one of the lessons recently made my daughter think it over!

Beginning in December, her teacher handed out fake “positive” pregnancy tests and told all students they would study pregnancy from week to week through the trimesters. The students would ultimately “give birth” and take a “baby” home from school for one full week. This wasn’t your average baby doll. It was a top of the line baby simulator. It had a weak neck that needed proper support, it cried when it was hungry or needed a diaper, and needed the attention a new baby would require. The teacher had the ability to check online and monitor the students attentiveness to the baby.

Bringing Home Baby

And so it began! She came home the first day of the project with a baby in a car seat and a diaper bag filled with all the essentials to care for a newborn.

She was so excited. She couldn’t wait for this baby to cry so she could care for it.  She was anxiously awaiting a feeding or a changing. Her friend came over with her “baby” from the class for a play date. The “new moms” thought they were going to watch tv, but the new “babies” had other plans. It ended up being a little different than the girls had hoped. I had to giggle a little.

Her feelings of excitement completely changed that first night at 4 o’clock in the morning when she had a crying baby. I went upstairs to find a distraught teenager bouncing a baby in her closet trying to sooth it. The excitement had quickly changed to confusion. She said, “I don’t know what it needs!” I explained to her that that is exactly how new moms feel when they have babies.

There were sleepless nights during this trial week.  She was tied to this “baby” at all times. She took it to work with her one evening.  She had to hold the baby while she did homework, got ready for school, and ate meals.  As easy as it would’ve been for me to help, I did not. This was her project and I really wanted her to see the struggles of having a new baby.  I wanted her to truly “think about it.”


Bye Bye Baby

It was rewarding for me to see what kind of mom my daughter would be.  She was so loving toward this “baby”.  I would see her swaddle it, cuddle it, and care for it like it was real.  This project taught me that I’ve raised a daughter that would one day love her kids the way that I love her! She quickly learned that she was not ready to become a mom anytime soon.  Thank goodness, because I learned that week that I’m not ready to become a grandma any time soon!!!





8 Comments on Oh BABY, Let’s Think It Over!

  1. Donielle
    March 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm (9 months ago)

    Nicole will be an amazing mother ONE DAY!!! And no doubt you will be the best grandma out there!!! You have raised an amazing daughter and I am so blessed to have her in class!!!

  2. Bonnie
    March 8, 2017 at 8:50 am (9 months ago)

    So glad she worked so hard and was a good momma to her “baby”…when my younger sister had this project she gave up after one night…that’s a probably a lesson she should have learned then!

  3. Ayana
    March 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm (9 months ago)

    This is AWESOME! I always wanted to do this a teenager. I would have even settled for taking care of an egg. How cool is technology?! What a great experience for her!

  4. Jessica Wagner
    March 8, 2017 at 4:21 pm (9 months ago)

    Haha I had an egg baby too! I remember my husband cracked her and it was the end of the world!

  5. Fi Morrison
    March 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm (9 months ago)

    WOW! What a cool life lesson – I’ve seen those types of lessons on TV shows, but never heard of it in real life (I don’t think they’d do that here in Australia!). What a great way for your daughter and her classmates to experience first-hand the life of a new mum, and the ups and downs associated with that! Glad to know she’ll make a great mum, ONE DAY 🙂

  6. Elizabeth
    March 9, 2017 at 10:49 pm (9 months ago)

    That is such a good lesson, I wish more schools did that! How sweet to get a preview of your daughter as a mother and to see that you’ve taught her well. She must have quite a mama! 😉 #humpdayhype

  7. Elizabeth
    March 9, 2017 at 10:50 pm (9 months ago)

    What a sweet thing to get a preview of your daughter as a mother and to see that you’ve taught her well! Great job, mom! #humpdayhype

  8. Suzy @ In the Lyons Den
    March 14, 2017 at 5:53 am (9 months ago)

    I really wish they did this here in Australia. It is so great for them to get a realistic picture of what it is like! You think the boyfriend is worth it, but just think about it a bit more!! Not now! I think I may invest in one of these for my girl when she is that age too. Such a great educational tool but also lovely to see how they might be as a mum also!