I don’t like these programs for several reasons:
1. The goal appears to simply scare young women away from relationships and children. (You just CAN’T do it! Look how miserable you’ll both be!) There is no home lesson or economics lesson or parenting lesson - just plant the seed that having babies is stupid, hard, scary, and unrewarding.
2. It isn’t realistic. They purposely program those stupid dolls to be the worst babies ever. They cry and you can’t comfort them. All their cries sound the same, so even if you could comfort the thing - you wouldn’t know what to do. Lucky for me, I did a LOT of baby care during my teen years and knew better. But to teach these girls that all babies are 24/7 whinning, crying, poo/pee messies that never sleep and never give anything back is just a lie. Even if they are all that other stuff - there’s a huge return for the investment.
3. Even should that be the case. It misses the entire point of loving someone. You don’t love “when you are ready” - you just love and do what needs done. You don’t rock a baby all night for months on end because ‘you’re ready’ - you do it because that’s what you do when you love someone. You take care of them. It’s an honor and a blessing.
I’d love to see a girl play devil’s advocate …
** I wonder what they would do if some girl said that because of this course she can’t wait to get pregnant? Let’s say none of the above was an issue and some girl found she just fell in love with caring for that fake baby and couldn’t wait to have a real baby. I wonder what they would do if the girl said, “Oh I can’t come to that game even though I’m the ace player because I’d have to get a sitter for the fake baby and that’s not what I think a good mom would do. So I’m going to stay home instead.” Her and her bf liked playing house so much they decided to run to Tennessee and get married. **
What is the goal of this course? It seems the sole purpose to teach girls they shouldn’t have, want, or even like babies.
I agree with the previous poster who said many dc today honesty don’t know anything about caring for babies. Maybe it would make more sense to actually teach them how to care for babies (babysitting, Madonna House, mentoring, ect…) than to teach them to fear dealing with them. My own dh is any ‘only’ - they can learn quick!
**Okay… down off the box now. For now anyhow. **