It was a moment any mom might savor — the moment when your teenager finally realizes how hard it can be to raise a child.
As Today reports, Georgia mom of four Lawren Galloway got to experience that moment firsthand thanks to her daughter Olivia’s early childhood education class.
As Lawren wrote on Facebook, her 14-year-old daughter was given an interactive baby assignment for her school. It required her to care for a robot baby named William. Unfortunately for the high school freshman, William was programmed to be as demanding as a real baby.
Lawren told Today that William was so realistic, Olivia couldn’t even sit and enjoy dinner:
“On Sunday I made a big Southern-style dinner, and as soon as I set the table, the robot baby started crying. I’m telling you, it’s like it knew that Olivia was sitting down to have her dinner. She had to microwave her dinner three or four times because she had to feed the baby or burp the baby or rock the baby.”
Two days into the assignment came a night when William simply refused to sleep. Lawren wrote on Facebook:
She is absolutely exhausted and ready to quit the class and give William back. (Maybe even throw him back) It’s definitely been a learning experience. My favorite moment so far is when she came into my room last night around 3 am. She was crying real tears while feeding him his bottle. She was begging me to help her because she just wanted to get some sleep. ?Yeah, no.
Unfortunately for Olivia, she failed the assignment because she didn’t rock the baby whenever he cried. She also lost points for holding William wrong.
Meet William. He’s Olivia’s interactive baby assignment for her Early Childhood Education Class. Now, meet Olivia with…
“It turns out I broke its neck seven times,” Olivia told Today. “I have no clue how. I thought I did so well. I took care of that baby.”
Lawren added that it’s ironic that Olivia had so much trouble with William since she has three younger siblings, including one who’s still in diapers:
“You would think that with all of her siblings that [Olivia] would have some kind of clue, but she was completely clueless. Just because a child grows up with siblings, it doesn’t mean they’re ready for parenthood at all.”
Olivia asked her teacher for another chance and was given another baby to care for. This time, however, the teen was more prepared and received a 94 on the project.
Lawren thinks the assignment was a good learning experience for her daughter.
“I think she appreciates me a little bit more now!” Lawren told 9Honey, adding that Olivia has been more helpful with her baby sister. “She’s asked to hold her new sister more and has even offered to hold her so that I could shower, or eat or do things that required two hands.”
Since sharing her moment of mom-schadenfreude, Lawren’s post has gone viral. The mom told Dearly she only made it public at the urging of a friend who thought it was “too good” to keep to herself:
“I had no idea my post would go viral. It’s hilarious and shocking. It’s been fun and reading viewers’ comments and reactions has been entertaining!”
“Olivia thought I was joking when I told her it was going viral!” Lawren added. “Her teacher was shocked as well.”
The mom jokes that she might have trusted her daughter with babies more before the failing grade but says she’s proud of Olivia for buckling down and getting a good grade the second time around.
For Olivia, her experience with William has put her off on the idea of motherhood for the time being. The teen told Today, “I don’t ever want to have kids because of that thing.”