There's a new book out called The Art of Roughhousing, in which two fathers (one an MD and the other a PhD) offer advice and diagrams on how to roughhouse the right way. They believe that it's "crucial to kids' self esteem and physical development that parents unplug the family, loosen up and let fly." Today's obsession with safety and technology, they argue, has changed the way we play. And not for the better.
Let me start off here by saying I AGREE. Who wouldn't? I don't like the idea that today's kids no longer roam free and explore on their own any more than the next mother. And there's nothing better than the bond (and the giggles) that comes from them messing around with their father on the kitchen floor.
But as I said in this Associated Press article, as much as I WANT my children to enjoy the benefits of roughhousing (a close physical connection to us as parents, a sense of their own physical power and free play) there's a lot at stake when the roughhousing starts.