Having a teen at home is a lot of stress. Most teenagers are unappreciative and complain about everything. They have no idea what it’s like being a mother. Most teens only see us now—a mother to them as a young adult. But, they often forget about all the times we had to change their diaper as an infant and those sleepless nights having to wake up every 3-hours to feed them.
Luckily, some schools are teaching teens the true responsibility and nature of being a parent—you know, the hard years. One mother shared the hilarious photos of her daughter, Olivia, struggling with her “interactive baby.” The mother shared that Olivia is taking an “Early Childhood Education Class.” The school decided that it’d be a brilliant idea to give students a real taste of what it’s like caring for a child.
Meet William. He’s Olivia’s interactive baby assignment for her Early Childhood Education Class. Now, meet Olivia with William. She’s had him since Friday night. She is absolutely exhausted and ready to quit the class and give William back. (Maybe even throw him back) It’s definitely been a learning experience. My favorite moment so far is when she came into my room last night around 3 am. She was crying real tears while feeding him his bottle. She was begging me to help her because she just wanted to get some sleep. Yeah, no.
The baby does look pretty realistic.
And, Olivia looks like she’s about had it with “William.”
Olivia’s mom, Lawren Galloway, told Scary Mommy that Olivia is truly going through what every parent goes through when it comes to raising a newborn.
Sunday night, William magically started crying as soon as I set the table for dinner — it was almost like he knew. Long story short, Olivia had to warm her plate up three times. His feedings were taking nearly 20 minutes, he required a burp, diaper change, and about 12 minutes of rocking.”
Clearly, this department got some good interactive babies to teach the students.
Apparently, the child is tracked for every time there is something wrong, the baby cries, or what it needs. The “interactive” part is part of Olivia’s grade for the course. And, Galloway shared that Olivia didn’t do so well on her first run with William. She ended up getting 65%. She clearly didn’t rock William as much as he needed. And, while she didn’t shake him, she didn’t give William the proper head support he needed. She also handled him a bit too rough.
Olivia’s teacher said they would let her take home another interactive baby to bring her average up for the class. But, this by far teaches children what it truly takes to raise a baby—and take care of children. Maybe they’ll have some newfound respect for us parents!