Playing With / Egg Sitting

Basic Trope: Students in a health, life-science, or home ec class must take care of a simulated baby.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob must care for a baby doll that cries at random, in order to learn about parenting and scare them out of having sex.
  • Exaggerated:
    • For their class project, Alice and Bob must take care of a real baby, or a live animal.
    • Alice and Bob get the "crack baby"- the one doll that (either due to an electronic malfunction or done deliberately to simulate an actual crack baby) doesn't stop crying no matter what.
  • Downplayed:
    • In order to teach a grade-school class responsibility, the teacher brings in a class pet, and each student takes said class pet home for a weekend.
    • Alice and Bob must do a report on the economic perils of Teen Pregnancy.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Baby-Doll Baby
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob take care of a baby doll as part of a game of "House."
  • Double Subverted: It's for a research project.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob eats the egg, much to the ire of Alice.
    • Alice is paired up with Bob (both are white), and Alice is given a black baby doll. Bob is horrified.
    • A class of adults has to learn to care for an elderly person like so.
    • The entire class gets "crack baby" dolls.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice and Bob don't have to take care of a simulated baby for school.
  • Enforced: Truth in Television, at least in the US and Canada.
  • Lampshaded: "These dolls will teach you what it's like to care for a real baby."
  • Invoked: The teacher wants to teach responsibility and life skills.
  • Exploited: Alice rigs up the baby doll that the Alpha Bitch has to care for with her Jerk Jock boyfriend to be the aforementioned "crack baby."
  • Defied: Instead of doing a project, the teacher only lectures about parenting.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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