By Danielle Frost
When Washougal High School students finish Rachel Fouts-Carricos child development class, one thing is clear.
Becoming a parent is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.
The class, which Fouts-Carrico has taught for four years, gives students an overview of topics including childhood developmental stages, working in early childhood education, childbirth, costs of raising a child, teen parenting, and even offers the opportunity to take home a mechanical baby for the weekend.
The baby cries, eats, sleeps and poops, pretty much like any other infant. If students dont figure out how to soothe the baby, it cries louder.
The kids are always so excited about it at first, Fouts-Carrico said. But after theyve had the baby for the weekend, that romantic notion of having a child is usually gone. They typically say it was the worst weekend of their life. Different tempered people react in different ways, but the reality really works.
Just ask junior Nick Arden. When asked what his experience with the mechanical baby was like, he replied, Oh, you mean baby Satan? Can you please put that in all-caps, too? You get no sleep with that baby, and if you dont figure out what the issue is pretty quickly, it will go off.