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Roughhousing and its benefits

Roughhousing and its benefits

Marina Sestan

In rare moments of silence arround me, words just start to flow through my mind and I have to write. My girls are my main source of subjects I have so much to say about and share with others.

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15 Comments

  1. Elise Ho

    In many ways, we have become very sensitive to how one course of action affects another. This can be hugely beneficial but sometimes it can be a situation in which we take away joy for no payoff. I was never much for roughhousing but for people to jump to thinking it is abuse is quite an assumption.

  2. Ben

    I love this post so much. I think it’s important to remember that roughousing and abuse are two entirely different things. AND that roughousing does not promote violence.

  3. Brianne

    I think roughhousing has got a bad wrap over the years. There’s something to be said for physical play. It’s not bad by any means. Love it.

  4. Kuntala

    I loved roughhousing when I was growing up. I have such fond memories of rolling around on the floor with my father.

  5. Dominique Walton Brooks

    My husband is the roughhouser in our family. He started with our son and now he wrestles a bit with our daughter. Everyone has great fun — except me. I am always worried about injuries LOL

  6. Natalie

    It’s such a fun activity to do with kids. I don’t see this as a problem if it’s done in a safe way. My son and my husband enjoy it very much. I usually join in and then we have triple fun! Great article.

  7. Arūnas

    I think, through the physical play of roughhousing, kids gain emotional intelligence, joy, morality, physical fitness, and wisdom. I was never much for this activity. Still, as long as it follows basic safety rules, it can have significant benefits for both kids and adults.

  8. Laura

    I love how you highlighted the benefits of this type of play. Like you mentioned, one of the most important parts of this is making sure you’re “in a safe and secure area that you have under control.” I’m sure your kids absolutely love getting to play with mom & dad like this on a daily basis!

  9. Cam

    Roughhousing as a kid taught me to respect people’s boundaries and how to express mine as well. It’s fun and harmless if you listen to one another!

  10. angela

    Personally i love roughhouse because it is sometimes creative and fun for kids. Thanks for sharing with us

  11. Mae

    Roughhousing is always fun! We usually do this on the weekend and brings so much joy to the family!

  12. Emman Damian

    This is the first time I heard about roughhousing. It seems like its “tough love” but I think it has benefits. I will never assume that it is abuse.

  13. Toni

    This is really fun! My kids love roughhouses too when they were small!

  14. Claudia Blanton

    While I thought pretty much everyone would rough house with their children, I never thought that it could actually be beneficial – just a fun way to connect with your kids. Interesting. Blessings

  15. Neely Moldovan

    So funny you say this. My son is 4 and his teacher just explained how important rough housing is!

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