2017-04-20 / Education

Parenting class offered at RHS


LEARNING ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF PARENTING (Front row, from left) Dylan Harden, Madison Baerlocher, (back row, from left) Haleigh Stoutenburg, Chad Calderone, Sarah Eno and Thomas Summers were some of the Roscommon High School students who took part in a parenting class that taught them about pregnancy, birth and child development and discipline. (Courtesy photo) LEARNING ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF PARENTING (Front row, from left) Dylan Harden, Madison Baerlocher, (back row, from left) Haleigh Stoutenburg, Chad Calderone, Sarah Eno and Thomas Summers were some of the Roscommon High School students who took part in a parenting class that taught them about pregnancy, birth and child development and discipline. (Courtesy photo) is the first year since 2009 that Roscommon High School has offered a parenting class. In this class, students are pushed to go through the emotional rollercoast- er of pregnancy, birth and child de- velopment and discipline.

The first section covered preg- nancy, breaking it down by month. The focus is the main develop- ments of the fetus and the compli- cations that can occur with mom and baby. During this section, stu- dents were offered the opportunity to try on the Empathy Belly, that mimics what it looks and feels like to be pregnant.

In the last half of the class, the students are learning about birth, how to care for a newborn and child developmental milestones. The students have been working on Webstory Baby Books for their “children” to show off their educa- tional experiences with childbirth and the first six months of being a parent. This project is getting them geared up to discover what having a newborn baby might be like.

Students bring a Real Care elec- tronic baby home for three days. They are required to care for the baby as if it were a newborn. It will cry when it is hungry, it will cry for attention and it will cry just to cry. This programming is designed to show students a portion of how hard it really is to care for babies.

Meghan Wilson, a senior at RHS, who is currently enrolled in the parenting class, reports that, “Working up to now, I have learned a lot more about pregnancy and birth that I didn’t know. You get a basic view of pregnancy and child care that many people refuse to talk about. I’m excited to take my ‘baby’ home. It will give me a chance to experience what some of my friends and family are cur- rently going through.”

Chad Calderone, also a senior at RHS, had this to say about his opportunity, “it helps us toward the challenges that are ahead and it helps us to prepare to have chil- dren. Parenting class teaches us from pregnancy all the way to el- ementary school years. We are ed- ucated on the changes during preg- nancy, how to care for children that are the ages of 0-8, and it gives us a hands-on experience into the life of being parents.”

By Riley Glueheisen and Mrs. Nicole Petrosky

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