Purchase Article
Account Credit $18.50
Article Cost $0.40
Balance of Credit $18.10
Confirm

The cost of your purchase will exceed your credit of . Click here to be taken to your account to purchase more credit.

Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Receive 10% off your first credit purchase (Example: Buy a $10 credit but get billed for only $9)!

Advanced Search
An Intergenerational Care Game
Back
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.


Purchase article to read more - $0.99
Prev
Top Selling Articles
/
View All
Next
Alternatives Journal | Jun 15, 2017

How farm runoff threatens Lake Erie with unending algal blooms.

Alternatives Journal | Apr 22, 2017

You are neither too young, too old, too rich nor too poor to take an open online course.

 
Green Teacher | Apr 28, 2016

An integrated unit on marine debris makes learning relevant and real for 12-18 year-olds

 
Alternatives Journal | Jul 12, 2017

We can have it all – full employment, no poverty, lower greenhouse gas emissions and fiscal balance without relying on growth.

 
EcoParent | Jun 15, 2015

The four Cs of intentional community:
conservation land trusts, co-housing,
co-ops & communes

 
Alternatives Journal | Apr 19, 2017

It’s never too late to start your green career

 
Inroads Journal | Sep 21, 2017

The Alt-Right Politics of Bannonism

Green Teacher | Jan 18, 2016

Put to work the basic astronomy knowledge of 10-14 year olds in teaching passive solar house design

 
Inroads Journal | Sep 21, 2017

The EU is both a target and an arena for populist politics

 
Inroads Journal | Sep 21, 2017

There’s a way to stop housing prices from rising further out of reach in Vancouver and Toronto

EcoParent | Sep 13, 2012

How running an active garden program at school can benefit students in several ways.

 
EcoParent | Apr 13, 2016

Seven Habits of Good Neighbours.