ROUGHHOUSING IS A GOOD THING FOR YOUR KIDS. HERE’S WHY.

Although both boys and girls engage in roughhousing, boys rough play more by nature. However in recent years, the picture has changed and horseplay has gotten a bad rap.

What’s more, mothers who weren’t exposed to roughhousing are more cautious. They are more likely to step in right away to stop the rough and tumble because they are afraid of someone getting hurt.

Surrounded by three nephews and gifted with two boys with marriage, I quickly learned to wrestle, box, and bounce in bed or on the floor to play with them and connect on their level.

Boys have a need for movement and a physical outlet for their energy just as they have a need for open space.

Roughhousing is non-violent behaviour. It burns off energy. Although it can seem like the real thing, it only mimics wrestling, jumping and kicking.

Research by experts in the field has found that it actually increases bonding among children. Among young boys, rough play often allows them to act out their fantasy of being a superhero.

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If kids see themselves as being resourceful, they are more likely to fend off an attack by a tough bully. It comes down to having social skills such as being friendly and self-esteem.

Children with self-esteem recognize the difference between a real fight and a play fight. They know when it is all right to walk away rather than get sucked in.

They also know when to fight back using their resources. But building self-esteem is not an easy process for kids. It is not something that can be studied at school or given to them as a gift.

ROUGHHOUSING IS A GOOD THING FOR YOUR KIDS. HERE’S WHY.

This is why I convey this message under the surface in my book (The Weird Adventures of Virgo Capella, see books page). The hero Virgo develops self-esteem only after going through misadventures with a cast of characters who are seriously evil bad guys. As a result he learns how to stand up to bullies and become an individual who can face the challenges of life.

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