Roughhousing with kids is good. How do I know? Smart guys say so in a book.
Lawrence Cohen, a Boston psychologist, and Anthony DeBenedet, a gastroenterologist from Ann Arbor, Mich. , wrote “The Art of Roughhousing,” which includes diagrams and everything. Why you’d need diagrams for playing with children, I don’t know, but there you are.
The authors tell us that roughhousing is “rowdy, but not dangerous.” One great concept the guys impart is that when we roughhouse with our kids, we model for them how someone bigger and stronger holds back, which teaches self-control, fairness, and empathy.
When my daughter roughhouses with me, I model someone who is frightened of her growing strength. Girlfriend can punch. And kick.