Students at Chippewa Secondary School are learning how difficult parenting is the hard way and people are loving every bit of their misery. As part of their annual class project, the teens got fake babies to take care of. They took the little bundles of joy for just one weekend. However, that was enough for the hands-on experimental learning to become quite the hassle. Looking for answers or simply a shoulder to cry on, the students turned to their instructor. The texts they sent perfectly sum up the desperation, agony, and resentment they spiraled into during those couple of days.
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“Our students are in a grade 11 class called Raising Healthy Children,” the teacher of the class, Andrea Lefebvre told Bored Panda. “The students bring home one of the Real Care babies for the weekend to apply their learning for the caring for a newborn unit.
Lefebvre said that the babies cry, need to be held, rocked, burped, diapers need to be changed and they need to be fed. The dolls also record rough handling, abuse and temperatures. So I guess the only thing they’re missing is a never-wiping snot and they’d be the real deal.
“Our school board (Near North District School Board) owns the babies and each school accesses them through the year for their classes,” Lefebvre added. “Lots of use!”
“Students look forward to this unit when they register for the course. We really love this unit. Great discussions and real-life learning.”
Parenting Education attempts to prepare the students for the adventure of parenthood. The content of these efforts varies from one school to another, ranging from behavior-management approaches to relationship enhancement approaches. What the programs have in common, though, is the conviction that parents play a vital role in the development of children and that they can be more effective through training and education.
“Through the chaos that is child-rearing, we can reach out to find support, find humor in the crazy situations and with love and guidance, know that our kids will be ok!” Lefebvre concluded.
P.S. “Lucy survived and the data showed the students did very well.”