Thursday, May 26, 2016

Looking to Summer

Hello everyone!
It has been busy, busy here in our neck of the woods.
We have been getting outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures.
It is also warm enough to start planting. I am not the greatest when it comes to caring for plants so keeping it minimal is great for me.


When I said minimal I wasn't kidding...
this is it...this is all that has been planted so far.
We still have our veggie garden to contend with and most likely that will get started this holiday weekend.
 Along with the warmer and longer days comes summer break and
the school year is drawing to a close. Our 14 year old had an interesting "end of the year" assignment last week in health and wellness class. Each student was assigned an infant to care for over a period of 24 hours.


There was a carrier and a diaper bag with instructions and everything needed to provide proper care.


  I don't know how many of you are familiar with these "babies" but this was my first time experiencing it other than just hearing about them. They are programed to work with a bracelet the student or "parent" wears. The bracelets do not come off so there is no way to have someone else do the assignment. 


It is programed to begin crying at various times of the day and night. When it cries you carefully pick it up making sure to support the head ( it records improper handling) and hold the bracelet up to the back. It will scan and the baby recognizes the "parent" has picked it up. From there you must determine what it needs in order to stop the crying. There is a bottle with a magnetized device in the nipple.


If that is what the baby needs you will hear it making the sounds of drinking and breathing through it's nose with each swallow.


Feeding time takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.


 If a diaper change is needed there is a magnetized disc in the rear of the diaper and it will notify the program that she is now clean and dry.


I wanted to help (it looked kinda fun) but the purpose of the assignment was to give teens a glimpse of reality and responsibilities that come with having a baby. There were a few  challenges trying to determine what the cries were for and how to satisfy them. I heard it from across the hall during the night and knew he was being awakened once again by the crying and would have to get out of a nice cozy bed to do a 2 or 4 am feeding.
He told me the next morning he had 2 feedings and 1 diaper change overnight and exclaimed that was just way to much time to be up during the night...LOL!!
Getting ready for school and caring for a demanding little person was also a challenge but he stuck with it and made sure everything was done before he strapped her in to head out for the day.


Overall it seemed to be a good experience and a nice lesson in just a small portion of what is huge responsibility. He made a B on this assignment. Some points were taken off for excessive crying during the night, and the head was not supported well on one occasion. We congratulated him on his effort and the B was a good grade considering he has never babysat alone.
Off to school to give someone else a turn at this thing called "parenting"  :)


Next time I will be sharing some new thrift store finds, some of which will be used in my new bathroom.

KAREN

35 comments:

  1. Hi Karen, wow what an incredible project. I had not heard of this one or seen those babies. I think this is really good for teens to experience.
    Have a great holiday weekend. Blessings. xo

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    1. I agree with you, it is a good "hands on" project! Thank you for visiting and have a fun & relaxing Memorial Day :)

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  2. Wow that project has come a long way since we were in school! I remember we did it for a week with a raw egg that the teacher initialed. We had to carry it to all our classes and home and back without breaking it. We put diapers on our egg babies - it was a fun project!

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    1. I know....things have changed for sure since we were students! Diapers on the egg babies...that's funny! Have a great Memorial Day :)

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  3. Wow, what an experience for your daughter. I always tell people (relatives)to babysit a whole weekend to see if they are ready for children. LOL. being a new parent is rough at any age....but oh so hard for young kids who have no idea. I like this program. Blessings to all of you , xoxo, Susie

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  4. It is finally warm here too!! Too warm ---in the high 80's!! Too hot for me but I did start planting!! I think this was a great experience for young people to have. It shows them that being a parent is not easy....
    Thanks so much for your visits!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Why can't it just be fall year round...I would be okay with that. Thanks for visiting today :)

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  5. I have not seen one of those 'babies' in person but what an experience. If EVERY school kid had that assignment for one week I bet there would be a lot less teenage pregnancies. lol I haven't planted the first thing outside yet. I could probably do it now without fear of frost. Minimal is okay, you know! xo Diana

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    1. If we had another frost (which I highly doubt) the plants are in pots and can be moved to the garage overnight. I agree...minimal is just fine :)

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  6. Your flowers are lovely. I have heard about those baby dolls, students take home. I think it is a great idea. babies are a big responsibility and teens need to know that. Happy Memorial weekend...

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    1. Thanks Linda, hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend too :)

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  7. Hi Karen, it sounds like your son did an amazing job taking care of the baby. My daughter did that years ago, she just told me she had a terrible fear of picking up her own daughter when she was a baby because she failed at the supporting of the neck/head on the doll lol!! I love your flower pots. I haven't gotten around to doing any yet but need to get on that. Have a great weekend!

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    1. It's a big responsibility and I think it is good for the teens to know that. Hopefully I will be planting a little more soon. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  8. Hi Karen, your planted containers look so pretty! I've heard of that project, seems like a great experience! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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  9. Loving your flowers Karen! So very pretty and healthy. Well...I must say this is my first time EVER of hearing about a baby project such as this. WOW! Well, I gotta say it..............This might be the best birth control EVER! LOL! Happy Memorial Day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. I agree Cindy...staying home to take care of a baby is a huge eye opener for the teens. Thanks for visiting :)

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    2. I just showed this to a friend of mine that has 4 granddaughters...all teenagers....SHE SAID I'M GONNA CHECK INTO THIS! LOL!

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  10. Karen,
    your flowers are so pretty, whish I had more of a green thumb! Sounds like your son did a great job! My kids did that also, needless to say it's a real eye opener for them! Our weather here in TN went from rainy and cool to the hot 90's,
    no spring for us!
    Rebecca

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, I remember...sometimes in the south you do skip spring! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  11. What an assignment!! I'm sure it'll be an eye opener for many.
    Your flowers are just so pretty!!!
    Nancy

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  12. Things have changed so much since I was in school! This seems like such a cool project and an ambitious one too.

    (Your flowers are so lovely Karen!)

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  13. I finally caved and bought one flat of flowers but that's it for me--no time! Oh my girls (now 25) had those babies! It was so awful for one of them she cried so she was able to turn in her baby for an alternate assignment! I think she got the idea haha!

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  14. I can't tell you how badly we need those babies at our small town high-school. Every year there is a ridiculous amount of young teen parents.If they only had these babies to give them a glimpse of what it's really like.

    Your flowers are so pretty.

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  15. I can't tell you how badly we need those babies at our small town high-school. Every year there is a ridiculous amount of young teen parents.If they only had these babies to give them a glimpse of what it's really like.

    Your flowers are so pretty.

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    1. I agree Valerie...teens need to know what kind of commitment parenting takes. Thanks for visiting today :)

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  16. Love your flowers! I haven't done any planting yet this years. I think that is one very cool school project. I worked with young children for many years and many of them came from teenage parents. What a great way to learn what caring for a baby is all about. Take care, Maria

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    1. Thanks Maria! I agree, if teens can see what having a baby involves it might influence their decisions in a more responsible direction :)

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  17. Hi sweet friend! Oh, what beautiful flowers! Don't you just love the spring and summer.

    I must say that I was in awe of how realistic the baby is! Congratulations to your son on getting a B :) Hugs to you, dear Karen!

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    1. I do love spring and summer! Too bad it does not last longer :)
      Thanks for visiting Stephanie. Take Care!

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