Two years ago, it was Hatchimals. Decades before that, it was Tickle-Me Elmo. Remember Tamagotchi digital pets? Cabbage Patch Kids and the ever-popular Baby Alive? All of these toys-turned-crazes have something in common: They allow kids to practice nurturing.
My daughter recently told me the one rule for playing with pretend guns at her preschool: “You can shoot someone. But you have to ask them if it’s ok first. And they have to say yes.” And that was that. She went on eating her waffles. I had more questions.