Fantastic game (if not a little exhausting for us adults at times
). I am a huge fan of Playful Parenting
(Cohen) and so early on, I recognized this game as incredibly essential to learning about life, in particular, what it's like stepping into another's shoes. Empathy lessons!
Also, the idea of taking on a role that is more "in charge" can be very empowering for DS, to the extent that he doesn't always feel the need to well, be in charge. Role play/exchange was a huge
part of DS's play m.o., for years, although it has waned in recent years (he's 9 1/2). And although at times it did tucker me out, I'm ever so thankful for all those role play games! They got us through all sorts of life's ups and downs.
Ah, these kids are so smart. They know just what they need and they go for it. What a blessing that our kids have mamas (and Dads!) who are willing to give them the floor, following their lead, and play along!