• fiona64

    I think that the best answer is a two-pronged approach: comprehensive sex education (including abstinence and contraception, in other words … not just abstinence), and the computerized baby. Every kid I’ve ever known who had to lug one of those around said there was no way he or she was ready to parent.

    OTOH, my husband loves to tell a story about a flour sack “baby’ that was dragged to a Renaissance faire Workshop in the Woods educational event and left on a bench. He and a bunch of his friends passed that thing all over the faire before ultimately putting it in a tent … and waited to see how long it would take the “mother” to notice its absence.

    Answer: an hour. And then she was wailing about how she was going to fail the class if she didn’t find it. My husband took her to the tent where the “baby” was being watched over and asked what she’d learned from the incident.

    “But I just turned my back for a second,” she said (just like every mother of an abducted kid says on the news).

    “No,” he said. “I took that thing an hour ago, and it has been passed along through many people … all of whom you’ve seen today, and who know how long it took for you to notice that you didn’t have it with you. So, I ask again, what did you learn?”

    “Um … being a responsible parent is hard?”

    “There you go,” he said, and handed her the sack of flour.

    • Jennifer Starr

      Excellent post :)

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