By JL Watkins, The GalTime Guy
There's a nightly routine in my home when it's my responsibility to get our three-year-old daughter, Eliza, ready for bed. Several minutes into it all, my wife will inevitably yell at us down the hallway, "What is going on in there?" as I let Eliza jump on the bed and assist her in crazy gymnastic maneuvers.
Sure, it might look like we're messing around, but in reality I'm helping expand her mental growth. That's the lesson (and excuse) that I've learned after reading the incredibly fun book, "The Art of Roughhousing" by Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D. and Lawrence J, Cohen, Ph.D.
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In the book, the authors make the case for interactive, rowdy play with their "Bold Claim" for the old-fashioned tradition of roughhousing:
"Roughhousing activates many different parts of the body and the brain, from the amygdalae, which process emotions, and the cerebellum, which handles complex motor skills, toRead More »from Why Dads Should Roughhouse With Their Kids