The Art of Roughhousing

The Art of Roughhousing

Good Old-fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It

eBook - 2010
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Everywhere you look, physical play--what some might call "roughhousing"--is being marginalized. Gym classes are getting shorter. Recess periods are beingnbsp;eliminated. Some new schools don't even have playgrounds. Is it any wondernbsp;children retreat to "virtual horseplay" via video games?

But Drs. Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen are here to shake thingsnbsp;up--literally! Withnbsp; The Art of Roughhousing , they show how rough-and-tumble playnbsp;can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and more.nbsp;Drawing inspiration from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, traditional sports, and evennbsp;animal behavior, the authors present dozens of illustrated activities for children andnbsp;parents to enjoy together--everything from the "Sumo Dead Lift" to the "Roguenbsp;Dumbo." These delightful games are fun, free, and contain many surprising healthnbsp;benefits for parents. So put down those electronic games and get ready to rumble!
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781594745140
Characteristics: 1 online resource (106 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Cohen, Lawrence J. Ph. D.
Wiens, Carl
Alternative Title: Art of rough-housing


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ArapahoeLoriN Dec 22, 2018

Active Play makes kids smart, emotionally intelligent, lovable, and likable. It helps give
kids boundaries, and allows them to make high level judgments. Examples like: Pillow fights, playing tackle, jumping on the bed, and sliding down the stairs teach normal bruises are part of life, and encourage children to get up and keep on going. Roughhousing is interactive, spontaneous, and imaginative. It builds connections between the grownup and the child.

There are challenges today where kids spend a lot more time with screens than interacting. Also, many adults are concerned these days about hurt feelings over “stifled creativity” ”When children aren’t staring at computers or TV, they’re being overscheduled, overprotected, and underadventured.” p 13

The authors advocate rough play offers an opportunity to make mistakes – during play there is a need for constant communication and check in. Roughhousing uses non-verbal communication and eye contact to read what other people feel. In roughhousing, we model how people who are bigger and stronger practice self-control and let others win. It teaches kids winning isn’t everything, and leads to fairness and empathy.

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