The Art of Roughhousing

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Some parents revel in their own rough-and-tumble childhoods, but then guard their own offspring from any vigorous physical activity. Doctors Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen aim at reversing that parenting trend with family activities that activate social skills as well as muscles. In The Art of Roughhousing, they persuasively make the case that physical fitness, mental agility, and motivation are closely intertwined. Think of it as remedial fun.

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“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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Giddyup, Dad! Hands-on play with your kids guarantees enormous fun (and probably some crying, but it's worth it). Say the authors, a physician and a psychologist, respectively, "What was once a motto of Safety First has evolved into a fretful new motto of Safety Only. Many parents are more frightened by skinned knees and bruised feelings than life's real dangers: stifled creativity and listless apathy." Amen! Making their case for creativity, physical fitness, and emotional intelligence, the authors present nearly 200 pages of humorous and fun activities, such as the Balboa ("Yo, Adrian!"), the Sleeping Bat, and the Greek Catapult. Replete with suggested age ranges, a difficulty level, and effective drawings for each activity, this book nicely caters to kids from zero to ten, who will treasure the time parents spend roughhousing with them. Enthusiastically recommended. — "Parenting Short Takes," Booksmack! 1/20/11
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594744877
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 405,339
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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