Nowadays, kids are retreating to a virtual world. They are computer-game obsessed and live on their XBox and Nintendo DS. I don t have a problem with these machines, but what happened to the big outdoors? What happened to playing football in the garden with your dad? Or splashing in a paddling pool with buckets and sieves? Balance. It s all it needs. That s what this book is about. It offers both kids and their parents, ways in which to enjoy good old fahsioned playing, whilst keeping the balance of safety and fun. It s written by two practicing doctors, one of which, Lawrence Cohen, wrote Playful Parenting in 2002. They specialise in children and play therapy. It shows how rough and tumble play can help children, by increasing their child-parent bonding as well as helping behaviour problems, improving confidence and increasing their exercise all in all, making them a healthier person. The book provides dozens of examples of stuff you can do with your child to increase the fun element in playing with you, their parent. I thought this book was fab. --metal mummy, May, 2011 'The book tells of the importance of rowdy, physical interactive play...By page 17 I could be heard muttering "yes! yes! yes!" "this is so right" "OMG Nigel you HAVE to read this" "listen to this " and "this" to the amusement of the people sat around us at Bicton Park. By Chapter two I was in total agreement with this book... The book is jam packed with facts, stories, evidence and is written in an interesting no nonsense way...' --allabouttheboys.com, May 2011--'...I thought this book was fab. Definitely one I won't be selling at the next car boot sale. Loads of ideas for activities you can do with your child...' --metalmummy, May 2011--The book aims to encourage us to get back to good old-fashioned horseplay and explains why we need this. More and more children own I-Pods, mobile phones and computer consoles and it seems physical play is no longer as popular. It is claimed that the book can benefit a child's emotional and physical development as well as increasing a child's learning development and helping parents to bond with their children. Drawing inspiration from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, traditional sports, even animal behaviour, the authors present dozens of illustrated activities for children and parents to enjoy together, with little equipment, and at all times of the day or night, whether on a walk together, out in the park, holiday, or inside the home on a rainy day. From a Magic Carpet Ride, to Sumo Deadlift, Rouge Dumbo, or the more adventurous Human Cannonbal. I was intrigued by this book.... If rough and tumble play can be fun and enjoyable whilst maintaining safety then I wanted to know how. I found the book clearly laid out, explanations of the activities were very clear and there were helpful drawings of the activities too. The age guidelines, skills level and essential skills are all clearly outlined at the beginning of each activity. We discovered that we already play some of the suggestions but there were many many more that we had not considered. Some are easier to test out than others and some I am working up to - mattress rafting!! Rain or sun, indoors or out doors there is something in this book for all occasions. With the summer holidays coming up and a very energetic 4 year old to entertain before school starts this book is going to prove very useful indeed. If you are looking for ways to play with your children in safe and confidence building ways the I would happily recommend this book --Snaffles Mummy, June, 2011--I really enjoyed reading the science behind it, and it made me think about roughhousing in a new light. --metalmummy.co.uk, May 2011
It's a chance to get physical and let of steam - and chldren love it. Yes, every child needs some good old-fashioned horseplay --Junior magazine, October, 2012
'...I thought this book was fab. Definitely one I won't be selling at the next car boot sale. Loads of ideas for activities you can do with your child...' --metalmummy.co.uk, May 2011
Everywhere you look, physical play—what some might call “roughhousing”—is being marginalized. Gym classes are getting shorter. Recess periods are being eliminated. Some new schools don’t even have playgrounds. Is it any wonder children retreat to “virtual horseplay” via video games?
But Drs. Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen are here to shake things up—literally! With The Art of Roughhousing
, they show how rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and more. Drawing inspiration from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, traditional sports, and even animal behavior, the authors present dozens of illustrated activities for children and parents to enjoy together—everything from the “Sumo Dead Lift” to the “Rogue Dumbo.” These delightful games are fun, free, and contain many surprising health benefits for parents. So put down those electronic games and get ready to rumble!