Parenting class becomes mothers for a weekend
By: Katie Bailey
Susan Daugherty 7th period parenting class is taking baby simulators home for several weekends in March. These life like simulators involve students by calming the baby when crying to be fed, burped, rocked, or changed.
The class will be graded on how much time they have spent holding and caring for the infant. The system includes many sensors that determine the clothing changes, time in car seat, surrounding temperatures, head support, diaper changes, and bottle feedings, which will determine the grades of the students on their performance.
The simulator will also cry several times in the middle of the night wanting to be cared for. The student will then have to get up and find out what the problem is and fix it.
Being a student in the class I found that after taking the infant home it was a one of a kind experience that I did not enjoy.
The crying started at 5:00 pm on Friday. I knew it was going to be a long weekend when I did not get more than a 20 min break until 9:46 pm. Once it began sleeping (made breathing sounds). I rested and fell asleep, until 3:35 am when I was awakened by a screaming doll. The baby kept me awake for a full hour and wouldn’t let me go back to sleep until 7:00 am.
This continued all weekend and I soon figured out that this was a difficult job for one person to do. I was exhausted by the lack of sleep I had received Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. It seemed like everytime I shut my eyes, I was being forced awake again and again.
Daugherty’s goal for sending the infant's home with each student is to teach parenting skills and prevent teen pregnancy.
I can say as a student in her class, I have learned a lesson from taking the baby home. As for me and my life I am not ready to have a child, this is something I need to wait for much later in life.