What is Roughhousing?
“Roughhousing is play that flows with spontaneity, improvisation, and joy. It is physical, and it promotes physical fitness, release of tension, and well-being,” write Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D. and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. in their book The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It.
“And if you roughhouse with your children often—as we do—you should expect that someone will eventually get hurt. Here’s the thing: We believe that occasional bruises and scrapes are a normal part of childhood. It’s how we learned to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and stay in the game. It’s how we grew our confidence and discovered the laws of physics.”