Did you carry an egg around in junior high? The late 1980s saw schools providing ‘egg babies’ to their students in an attempt to expose them to the work involved in caring for a baby. You were meant to provide a place for the egg to rest and keep it with you at all times. Not all the eggs survived.
Schools with more financial resources provided dolls that simulated real babies with sounds, skin-like feel and even baby smells. Being woken by screams in the night and struggling to soothe a cranky baby was intended to drive home the difficulty of motherhood and lower the number of pregnant teens. It’s easy to understand the thinking of educators and psychologists who promoted this program. And, I’m sure that it worked for some teens.
Except—oops—according to the book Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instincts, a recent Australian study revealed that girls who cared for these simulator babies were more, rather than less, likely to get pregnant. Being around babies inclines females to want to be around babies. (I don’t know of any studies involving wanting to be around eggs.)
I haven’t finished the book and so far I’m finding it an interesting read, although one that I think bends over backwards trying not to violate politically correct thinking. However, whether we try to influence teens with egg experiments while providing financial bonuses and social messages that influence them in the opposite direction, or whether we “magnanimously” allow one child, two children or more as China has and is trying to do, we are missing the mark. The secret to healthy and happy families isn’t more maternity and paternity leave or child-allowance credits. All of the above are attempts to compensate for the damage of decades of anti-family positions while continuing to train the next generation to agitate for even more of those very policies.
In 1999 our book, America’s Real War, is as important and relevant today as it was when it was written.
America’s Real War argues that the real chasm in American culture is not between blacks and whites, rich and poor, men and women, or Jews and Christians. The real divide is between those Americans who believe that Judeo-Christian Bible-based values are vital for our nation’s survival and those Americans who believe that these timeless truths obstruct progress.