A recent article on Shine looked at the benefits of roughhousing. Here’s what it said:
” ‘Play looks a lot different than it did 30 years ago,’ says Dr. Anthony DeBenedet, who co-wrote “The Art of Roughhousing: Good, Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It” with Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD. ‘I think it’s time for us to kind of cut the strings a little bit. Let kids go—and play with them….’ ”
“Roughhousing does more than keep kids physically active. “There are clear signs showing that it helps kids’ academic success, it’s associated with being more flexible behaviorally, being better able to deal with unpredictability,” DeBenedet says. “Play—especially active physical play, like roughhousing—makes kids smart, emotionally intelligent, lovable and likable, ethical, physically fit, and joyful,” they write in their book.”
“So what is roughhousing, exactly? ‘You kind of know it when you see it,’ explains DeBenedet, the father of 5, 2, and 6-month-old girls. (Yes, girls can roughhouse, too.) There are two main types, he says: Improvisational free-form roughhousing, which can include everything from wrestling to jumping on the couch to pillow fights, and set moves that are ‘almost like physical challenges with your kid.’ “
The article goes on to describe roughhousing workshops that parents can take with their kids. (There is video of the workshops on the link. I would embed it but I’m having video problems lately!!) Really? Do we need workshops to teach us how to wrestle with our kids?
My husband was the one that saw the story and sent me the link. He loves to roughhouse with our kids and the kids love to roughhouse with each other. Michael used to wrestle with the two big kids and now Lilina is totally in on the game. She attacks screaming “Wrestle!” and then just when Michael gets her in a good spot she yells “I quit. I quit. I quit.” And then as soon as he lets go, she jumps back on top of him yelling “Wrestle!” again!
Michael sent this comment attached to the link: I love the fact that they say roughhousing is good for kids. I hate the fact that they teach a roughhousing workshop.
So what do you think: Do you roughhouse with your kids? Do your kids roughhouse with each other? What about with friends? Is that allowable these days? What do you think of the roughhousing workshops?
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