You see it everywhere: Active, physical, rough-and-tumble play—what some might call “roughhousing”—has become marginalized. Gym classes are being shortened; recess periods are being eliminated. Kids are safety-belted and helmeted to within an inch of their lives. Is it any wonder children retreat to “virtual roughhousing” on Xboxes and Playstations? But Dr. Anthony Benedet and Dr. Lawrence Cohen are here to shake things up—literally. With The Art of Roughhousing, they show us how rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, encourage confidence, and more. The authors draw from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, traditional sports, extreme sports, and even animal behavior to present an entire book of illustrated activities. Too many children have to wait until college to experience the exquisite joy of riding a mattress down a flight of stairs. But with The Art of Roughhousing and some careful parental supervision, you can improve a child’s life starting right now. Roughhousing: It’s free, it’s fun, and you can bet your kid will love you for it. $14.95 Includes 35 2-color illustrations


  • 160 pages
  • 5 x 7 inches
  • 1 color
  • Hardcover

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