Monday, March 6, 2017

Pretend Parenting {SOL 3.06.17}

My daughter is taking a Parenting & Families class at school.

This past weekend, she got to bring home the computerized baby to practice her parenting skills. Along with the baby came a diaper bag, special sensor diapers, a bottle, carseat, three changes of clothes, two rattles and two pair of socks. (I kid you not.)

When the baby cries, which it does according to some pre-programmed code, my daughter has to touch the special sensor bracelet her teacher strapped to her wrist to the sensor on the baby's belly. She then has to figure out if the baby wants it's bottle, diaper changed, or just to be rocked.

"Being a parent is exhausting," she announced Sunday morning. "I didn't sleep at all last night. The baby cried practically every hour. And when it wasn't crying, it was breathing really heavy. I thought I was sharing a room with Darth Vader."

Yep, sounds about right.

This morning, my daughter will take the baby back to her teacher who will it into the computer to receive a print out of how well my daughter attended to the baby. It will tell her if any feedings or diaper changes were missed, if the baby was shaken too roughly and if its neck was supported well enough.

This Parenting class is serious business.

But then again, so is parenting.


  1. Thank you! I love the flow and the Darth Vader moment. I am tired just reading about this. We have come a long way from the sack of flour or egg parenting challenges. I wonder what her teacher is going to do with all that data?
    I need to go water my plants.

  2. Wow! Serious stuff! I can't wait to hear how she did.

  3. Yes, parenting is serious stuff! At our house we use the word "adulting". Some days my daughter shares that she doesn't want to adult today. There's days that I feel that way too, but I don't have a choice anymore. Hope your daughter has fun with the rest of her class as she gets to sample of being an adult. :)

  4. The Darth Vader comment is great! I also love the image with your blog title at the top of your blog! It's beautiful!

  5. "Sharing a room with Darth Vader." Awesome.

  6. I had no idea that the parenting classes had turned to technology, but love hearing about it. So funny, and so realistic. I hope you follow up to tell us more!

  7. Wow! That is some serious parenting. I had no idea this class had become this technical. I hope you share the results with us as well.

  8. This sounds intense...loved that Darth Vader comparison.


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