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The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It Paperback – May 17, 2011
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"Enthusiastically recommended." Starred review --Library Journal
From the Author
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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I also helped my old bones out by buying a gymnastics mat for the floor where we played.
This is one of my favorite parenting books! My boys love when we roughhouse with them.
I was lucky that I grew up roughhousing with my mates and enjoyed it so much, I naturally did the same with my kids long before I read this book! It was not my dad (a couch potato) but my mom (a jock since she was a teenager) that roughhoused with us three boys, taking us to every beach and cave and hiking path imaginable. So this book should be read by active moms, too. I remember my son's babysitter throwing him up really high in the air like the cover photo on the book, and him laughing and laughing and laughing.
I wouldn't call it the "art" of roughhousing. Don't regard it an art, for the cognoscenti--anybody can do it, even a polar bear and a sled dog!
I bought this as a stocking-stuffer for my husband. He loves it
Also, my young children (and I) have loved doing more roughhouse play. It has brought us together in a stronger way and has proven to be a pleasant release for my children and myself.