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"Enthusiastically recommended."  Starred review --Library Journal

“An inspired defense of roughhousing!  I guarantee that if you read just a few pages of this book, you'll be down on the floor wrestling and laughing with your children.”—Michael Thompson, co-author of the national best seller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys 

“Two dads offer the perfect antidote to helicopter parenting.”Washington Post

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Unlike my co-author, Anthony DeBenedet, who grew up in a rough and tumble household, I am a recent convert to roughhousing.  My dad was not a wrestler, and neither were my three sisters (or my mom).  For me, as a kid, "wrestling" meant getting the crud beaten out of me by bigger, stronger, and meaner boys.  So I avoided it when my daughter Emma was little.  But parental love is a powerful force, and when I saw how much Emma loved roughhousing, I forced myself to dive in.  Soon I was a zealous believer in active physical play, and I started spreading the word.  When I became a step-father to Jake, I learned a whole new dimension in roughhousing.  So when Anthony contacted me, after he read the chapter on roughhousing in my book Playful Parenting, I was eager to write this book with him.  Anthony specialized in cool moves and game ideas; I was the "yee-hah, let's have a wild pillow fight" guy.  As we researched the book, we were excited, but not surprised, to find so much science backing up our claims for the value of roughhousing.  And we were delighted by how much fun we had writing it, especially coming up with names for the moves and games.  Happy roughhousing!--Larry Cohen

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; English Language edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744877
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mayflower Girl on July 6, 2011
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My Dad, even though he is close to 80, is a natural born roughhouser. Although he's never heard of Larry Cohen, he would agree with everything he said in "Playful Parenting" as well as his and Anthony DeBenedet's new book "The Art of Roughhousing." At 79, he's down on the floor wrestling, tickling, and playing with my kids for hours.

My husband grew up in a very different environment--one where physical play just did not happen. I always sensed a bit of wistfulness on his part when he would watch my kids and their grandpa play--especially as everybody is having such a good time. Now, with "The Art of Roughhousing", their own Dad has some great new tricks and ideas to try. Dad is now cool--because not even Grandpa thought about riding a mattress down the stairs!

Love this book. Buy it (and some ice packs) and go to town. And I have to say, it's not just fun for the kids--it's fun for the parents as well. We've decided to use it as part of our weekly family time. We're going through the book and writing down the activities that are age appropriate. Then during our family meeting, one of the kids gets to pick our roughhousing activity of the week.

The first part talks about why roughhousing is good for you.

The second bit is like a little manual of different activities to try... some I'd never have thought of.

There's an intro section with things like Airplane, Alcatraz (you're prisoner in a pile of pillows...escape...and then your kids capture you (or vice versa)), Almost Gotcha (run after your kids and almost catch them..), etc.

A section called flight...with different activities with your kids in the air.

A section called games...including pillow fights, ejection seat (bouncing on the bed until "shot"..
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandie on May 18, 2011
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As the mother of three sons, I am always looking for engaging ways to interact with my boys. Not only does this book offer fabulous ideas, but it has easy to follow instructions for new roughhousing moves. It wasn't just me who loved the book, either! My boys loved looking through the pictures and begged me to try all the fun! (Their favorite is the mattress rafting, of course!). I have a friend who is due with her third child any day. Instead of getting her yet another baby blanket, I'm going to give her this book. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alaskan Realtor VINE VOICE on March 4, 2012
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I ordered this book partly because I had read Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen (one of the co-authors of this book). When I received the book, I was a little disappointed. It's a fairly small book, and as I thumbed through I saw a lot of cartoon pictures illustrating different moves you can do with your child. But I thought I'd sit down and read it to see if there was anything useful. Once I got into the reading, I found some really incredible information!

Did you know that roughhousing helps build child/parent relationships, helps them emotionally, intellectually, ethically, etc? It's beneficial for a child's body & brain, and can help them learn how to stand up to bullies, how to interact with others, it stimulates neural pathways in the brain, makes them more creative, etc.

From this book I learned to bring more roughhousing into our play with our children. My husband would often roughhouse with our son (age 4 1/2), but neither of us did a lot with our daughter (age 22 months). She's young, petite, and seemed too small for roughhousing. I found out that she absolutely LOVES to do several of the things I've tried from this book, and is quite the active little girl! When either of our kids get grouchy or upset, roughhousing play can often bring them back to giggles.

The thing I really like about this book is that it gives the science behind why roughhousing is so important (critical one might say), and also gives specific examples and moves you can do. Each move has a cartoon illustration, a description, an age range, difficulty rating, and essential skill. I've tried several of these...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sanjoy Mahajan on May 20, 2011
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This book is fantastic. The message is serious and important, while the tone is light and playful: an engrossing combination. I was reading the book on the Boston subway and almost missed my stop. Once home, I promised our almost-4-year-old that we'd try a new "wrestling" game that I had just learnt (we started about a year ago after reading Larry Cohen's earlier book _Playful Parenting_). She smiled as I described the game and how we can try it with her and with our 1-year-old.

The book's structure makes for an effective learning instrument, alternating sections of discussion and explanation with sections of roughhousing game descriptions. Each game is described in one page and gives the age range and difficulty, so I flipped through looking for age-appropriate games that would not be too difficult (for me!). As a bonus, the paper is stiffer than normal paperback paper (which too often resembles toilet paper in its cheapness), and that extra springiness and durability enables easy flipping.

May the book become a bestseller. We and our children would be happier and more confident.
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