Amused mum refuses to help teen struggling to care for robot baby

Lawren Galloway / Facebook
Lawren Galloway / Facebook 

Taking care of a baby is no easy feat. Constant waking, feeding, patting, strolling, bouncing and getting that baby to sleep is an around-the-clock affair which is completely exhausting for most, making it difficult to have a meal or get a decent block of sleep.

In an attempt to reduce teenage pregnancies, many schools now run parenting programs designed to initiate teens to the sobering realities of having a baby.

Olivia Galloway, a 14-year-old from Georgia in the US, took home a robotic baby from school and learned - as so many have before her - just how challenging looking after a baby can be, and her mum Lawren ensured her daughter felt the full impact.

In a Facebook post, Lawren explained that Olivia begged her to help her with the baby - called William - in order to get some sleep, and that she declined the request.

The teen had only had the baby for a weekend when she hit rock bottom.

Lawren begins the post, "Meet William. He's Olivia's interactive baby assignment for her Early Childhood Education Class. Now, meet Olivia with William. She's had him since Friday night. 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."

The mum then continues, relating her favourite moment so far.

"My favourite 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."

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A mother with more than a few years of separation from the baby days might have relented, but the family also has a real newborn in the house - 3 week old Violet, who is the newest member of this four-kid family.
Olivia is learning tough parenting lessons early in life with her very own newborn, who's often in sync with baby Violet.
Speaking to TODAY, Lawren explained, "The baby and the robot were crying in unison that night. Then (Olivia) kept coming in the room and she had moments where she was crying out of exhaustion."
And like all new babies, William sensed when Olivia was about to eat.
Lawren said, "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."
Olivia's final grade was pretty dismal. She had inadvertently broken the robot baby's neck seven times and failed to rock him, telling TODAY how baffling it was she failed the class.
"I have no clue how. I thought I did so well. I took care of that baby."
Lawren said that Olivia is now only allowed to hold her baby sister for 10 minutes at a time, which is probably a good call. 
You would think she would accept the fail and run for the hills, however Olivia demonstrated a steely determination, and asked if she could do it all over again in order to pass.
She achieved a 94 with second 'son' baby John, saying, "He's definitely my favourite of the two babies."
That said, she's been put off parenthood for life.
"I don't ever want to have kids because of that thing," she said.

Lawren said that just because Olivia is the eldest of four siblings, doesn't mean she has any idea about parenting. 

"...she was completely clueless," Lawren said. "Just because a child grows up with siblings, it doesn't mean they're ready for parenthood at all."

"I might have trusted her more before this,"she added. "But I am proud of her. She did come through the second time around."