My 13 year old son became a father today. A father to a 5 pound bag of sugar! As a project for his health class, he has to care for this sugar baby for 48 hours and record his feelings about it. Guess how he’s feeling? Pissed off! Know why? Because he can’t leave the sugar baby unattended, and I won’t babysit.
Initially, he thought this project would be “cool” – he’d borrow the old Baby Bjorn and carry his sugar all around. Until I said that he couldn’t use my Baby Bjorn. And the baby back pack? Nope, not that either. And I told him I wouldn’t be babysitting. Know why? Because it would SUCK to have a baby in high school. This project isn’t supposed to be “fun” or “cool” it’s supposed to scare the youknowwhat out of these kids, and I’m sure as heck going to make sure my kid is scared.
Don’t get me wrong, if he ever did find himself in such a situation I would be supportive. But, in the meantime, I’m going to make this as difficult as possible!
I hope this lesson sticks with him, not just through high school, but until he is fully ready to become a parent. When we went to the market to buy his sugar baby, as we stood in line to pay he told me his stomach hurt already. I asked if it was from holding the 5lbs of sugar. “No”, he replied, “from worrying about it.”
I think he’s already learning.