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An Intergenerational Care Game
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September 19, 2016
Green Teacher

Originally appears in the Fall 2016 issue

Credit: Edith Pucci Couchman

“It’s not fair! Jordan always wants to be the baby! It’s his turn to be the parent and go out and look for food!”

THIS IS THE SORT of impassioned complaint that I often hear when youngsters are in the midst of a Parental Care game. Nevertheless, it’s the sort of game that they’ll ask to play repeatedly. Is it surprising that this topic vividly captures their imaginations? Given our species’ profound immaturity at birth and our abject dependency upon our elders for food, protection, and training for literally years, doesn’t it make sense that children are immensely intrigued by this subject? After all, discussions of parental care address experiences that are at the heart of their day-to-day existence as well as some of their deepest, often unnamed anxieties.


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