Baby Alive!

TimeJan. 21, 2013

from:Bidell, Barbara


Well, this is the week you have all been waiting for. . .or dreading. Students will be bringing home their make-shift flour babies. They will be bringing their babies wherever they go; to the mall, to class, and even to the bathroom. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night (or Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning-depending on how technical you are), students will be waking up at 2 a.m. to feed their babies. They will have to e-mail me at that time, letting me know that they have fed the baby. 

There is a purpose behind the madness.  This is part of our unit on pregnancy and STD prevention. The point of this exercise to to make student understanding the serious and pervasive responsibility associated with having a child. I will underscore that this is just a taste of what is required of parents, and that the responsibility of child rearing lasts decades, if not a lifetime. I also hope that this exercise will make them more appreciative of you, their parents. Many students just do not take the time to appreciate all the sacrifices that their parents have made from them. This exercise is intended to change that perspective.

If you feel the 2 a.m. feeding will be extremely disruptive, I have offered an alternative assignment. Students can write a research paper associated that will include information on the responsibility of parenting. If students choose this options, I can make a rubric for it and provide more details. 

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me at