And maybe they’re on to something because when I left out the book, The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It, I awoke to cheers.
My kids were all ready to show me the “Sleeping Bat” and my husband marveled at “The Balloonist.”
While the media seems to be focuses on dads and roughhousing, don’t let that intimidate you, mamas, aunts and girlfriends. From the moment I opened the book, all I wanted to do was ride down the stairs on a mattress. Mostly because it’s considered ADVANCED and we all know who the gifted person in my household is. Okay, it’s me.
Even though it didn’t go exactly as planned, and yes, Scott insisted on a helmet the first time, it led my children to create a mattress slide.
And maybe that’s the whole point. Not to get roughhousing RIGHT but to get down and play.
The only thing that I didn’t agree with in the book was the idea that we’ve gotten too safe. Maybe because we’ve always been a roughhousing family, I just don’t see that as the issue. But perhaps if more people focused on the sort of fun in The Art of Roughhousing, they would stop putting their kids on ATVs. Wait, what? Who said that?
This book isn’t meant to be read cover-to-cover. It can be flipped through to find all sorts of fun activities. Even if you are naturally a roughhousing family, have you ever been a “Human Cannonball” without a pool?
Well, now you can!
GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Congrats to MFA Mama
You can win a copy of The Art of Roughhousing by Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen.
Just leave a comment on this post about why you want to or like to roughhouse.
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Giveaway ends on Monday 7/4/11 at midnight EST
I will chose one winner using random.org. The winner has 72 hours to respond before I chose another winner and everyone will be sad except for the new winner.
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Disclaimer: I received my copy and the giveaway copy for free. I did go to medical school with one of the authors and am trying to not be jealous that he already has a published book. Oh and there are amazon links in here. I plan to use the 4-6% that we would earn from your purchase of the book to buy shoelaces.