At the grocery store last night, I stood in the checkout line with a high school student who had one of those lifelike dolls that's supposed to teach teenagers about parenting newborns. The doll cries realistically every so often, day or night, and the student has to take care of its "needs" for food, clean diapers, or rocking and soothing. The cry has to be responded to within a certain amount of time, as recorded by the computer inside the doll that senses motion. The computer also records any shakes or sudden jolts the doll experiences. Pretty high tech, since the girls who took the parenting class when I was in high school just had to carry around raw eggs. So I was thinking the doll would be a fairlygood teaching tool. Then the thing started crying as the caregiving student got to the cash register. She looked at the little readout screen on the doll and said, "Oh good. He just wants to be held right now. No diapers."
I told her, "Hey, that's cheating. Babies don't come with screens that tell you what they want. They just keep screaming till you figure it out."
Did any of you take a high school class on parenting or child development that involved carrying around a doll?
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