The Art of Roughhousing (Google eBook)

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Quirk Books, May 17, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 160 pages
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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!

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User Review  - Dachokie - Goodreads

Drives Home the Message to Parents: It's Healthy to Play with Your Kids! This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free advance copy of the book. I consider myself ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan Boomershine - Goodreads

It might seem corny or contrived making lists of ways to play, but this book is needed. Our culture has kids who are afraid to fall, are too still, have parents who are too still. This book lays out ... Read full review


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Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D., is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and an incredibly active and adventurous father. An avid athlete, he enjoys basketball, running, hiking, and golf. He lives with his wife and three young daughters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lawrence J. Cohen, PH.D., is a licensed psychologist specializing in children’s play and play therapy. His book Playful Parenting is in its eleventh printing. His writing has also appeared in theBoston Globe, professional journals, and a host of national parenting magazines. He lives with his wife and two teenage children in Brookline, Massachusetts.


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