J: The local high school here offers parenting classes, likely in an effort to give the students a little feel of the enormous responsibility of having children and perhaps convince them that they aren't quite ready to be parents. The students have to drag a 10 lb bag of flour around with them for a couple of weeks and make sure that it stays in tact.
I think I have a better idea of how to dissuade kids from becoming parents too soon: give them overnight Daisy Duty. My son has pulled a few of overnight shifts recently due to caregiver vacations etc. He, like most 20 year old men, is a championship sleeper. He can sleep like nobody's business. So interrupting his sleep is not advised. Each time he has returned from the overnight shift he is a mess. His hair is on end and his eyes are bloodshot "GRB just doesn't sleep" he says. "There's no reason for him to be up - he's just up" he continues. "He makes no sense - it's so frustrating." While I feel for my sleep deprived son, I can't help snickering as I think back 20 short years ago and remember thinking the same about him.
Recently I had a baby shower for my niece who was expecting her first child. One of the gifts was a book entitled Go the F*** to Sleep. It is a hysterically funny book about what parents would like to say to their children when they won't sleep at night. Ironically it was my son who did a dramatic reading of the book for all of the shower guests. We were falling off our our chairs laughing.
I bet he would have liked a copy of that book last night. At least he doesn't have to worry about how to pay for college. . .