By Josey Miller
About the Writer:
Josey Miller is an on-camera and voiceover talent, as well as a singer-songwriter, travel and lifestyle journalist, and new mom. She blogs about all things parenthood.
Yes, I know it's a publicity stunt. But check out this People.com photo of pregnant Snooki (of Jersey Shore fame) practicing her motherhood skills... on a baby doll.
[Snooki and Jenni "JWoww" Farley] purchased strollers for their practice infants and later went to a children's clothing store to buy outfits.
(Because parenting is all about the outfits, after all.)
She looks ridiculous, I realize. And laugh all you like. But is the concept really that ridiculous?
Everyone at my junior high school was required to do The Egg Project. Sound familiar? We each took a raw egg and punctured a hole in the ends just big enough for emptying out the white and yolk and rinsing the inside with water so it wouldn't get too smelly. That very fragile, hollowed-out egg became our "baby" for a week, and we carried it with us from the time we woke up, from class to class, until we went to sleep each night. It didn't require feeding, diapering, or bathing, and it didn't wake up for 3am feedings—but it was eye-opening for us sheltered suburban 13-year-olds, especially my friends without younger siblings or cousins. I remember waking up mid-week and seeing my egg baby on my nightstand and thinking, "Oh wow, you're still here!"
Even now, as a real-life mom, I can relate to that feeling sometimes.
Did your school do anything like that? (Apparently Snooki's didn't!) What experiences made you feel better-prepared for parenthood?