Children use play to understand their world. Doll play helps children: clinic nurturing and caring (socio-emotional)re-enact interactions with their own caregivers, family, and friends (cognitive reframing) prepare for a sibling (rehearsal). Regardless of a child's sex, these skills are valuable life lessons. They may be modeling how they recall being cared for as a baby, or how they see adults in their world caring for kids. Just as children copy parents talking on the phone, working in the kitchen, vacuuming, etc., doll play is just the same.