Written by: Delaney Keyes Voeller
High School Counselor
“I liked it and I hated it because I had to get up at like 2:00 a.m. to feed it.”
“I was so annoyed at that baby because I couldn’t do anything.”
“I think the 10th graders should definitely do it because it was like a real-life experience.”
“It teaches you that if you want to have a baby you have to be ready.”
-Current 11th grade students
In reflecting back on their experience last year, current AC 11th graders strongly expressed that the “Baby, Think it Over” program made lasting impressions on them. In talking with them, I had the distinct impression that they would not like to repeat the experience again but didn’t hesitate to recommend that we continue the program for their younger classmates.
So, what is Baby, Think it Over?
Students will receive an introductory lesson about using the infant simulators, a feedback report after their experience, and a drug, alcohol, and infant abuse prevention lesson.
During the week of April 16th, all 10th grade students will be assigned a RealCare Baby® infant simulator for 48 hours. They will each need to care for their baby during class, after school and at home. What looks like a baby doll is actually a high-tech device that:
This electronic baby simulator holds students accountable by tracking, measuring and reporting on:
This sounds terrible! Why do we make students do this?
The “Baby, Think it Over” is a healthy decision-making and teen pregnancy prevention program conducted with students all over the world including at over 20 schools in Ecuador. Through this realistic experience with adult feedback and guidance, students learn first-hand about the potential impact of teen pregnancy on their lives. The overall goal of the program is to increase students’ healthy decision-making skills.
All 10th grade parents are invited to a presentation by the “Baby, Think it Over” program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the program and how they can support their students during the experience.