If you’re like me, you see roughhousing with the kids as a great way to help them expend some of their boundless energy with the side benefit of some parent/child bonding. But research reveals additional benefits – roughhousing teaches risk-taking to children.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal tells us that many researchers believe the bond established by father/child play and roughhousing surfaces later in a child’s life when “the father serves as a secure base allowing the child to explore and take risks.”
The benefits go further according to the article. They include helping the child with emotional intelligence and boundary-setting. It goes on to state, “Many fathers walk a fine line during play between safety and risk, allowing children to get minor injuries without endangering them, says a 2011 study of 32 subjects in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Researchers say this can instill emotional intelligence under fire, and an ability to take prudent risks and set limits with peers.”
Interesting. Sounds like father/child roughhousing is not to be missed.
The article is titled “Roughhousing Lessons from Dad.” It was written by Sue Shellenbarger and is available on the website of the Wall Street Journal.