Playing RoughPosted: July 1, 2011
In Praise of RoughhousingBy LISA BELKIN
Go ahead. Throw your children around. It’s good for them, say Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen, the authors of “The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It.” You can trust them, because they are doctors. Well, DeBenedet is an M.D., while Cohen has a Ph.D. And in the days before Father’s Day they chatted with me by e-mail about exactly how “rough” the horseplay should get.
This is something I always advocated. My son, when he is a bit bored, says “play rough with me.” This usually involves tackling him, tickling him and the extra creative note of threatening him as if we were in some kind of thriller. When I do it once, he always says “again.” Below is the video that accompanied the article. Keep in mind that these are little kids. My son is almost 11 and he still loves to play rough.