This Book Taught Me How To Ride Down My Stairs On A Mattress

Whoa. There’s been a lot of press about roughhousing. From the Wall Street Journal to the Today Show to the New York Times.

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!


You can win a copy of The Art of Roughhousing by Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen.

Mandatory entry:

Just leave a comment on this post about why you want to or like to roughhouse.

Extra entries (each entry must be in a separate comment to be counted and as always, already doing them counts):

Follow The Art of Roughhousing on Facebook.

Follow @RowdyDad on Twitter.

Following This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff through RSS or email

Following This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff on Facebook

Following @MakesFun on Twitter

Tweet about this giveaway (1/day) by clicking the twitter button on the bottom or by cutting and pasting the following message: #Win The Art of Roughhousing as seen on the Today Show from @MakesFun! #giveaway

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Giveaway ends on Monday 7/4/11 at midnight EST

I will chose one winner using The winner has 72 hours to respond before I chose another winner and everyone will be sad except for the new winner.

For more information on roughhousing, visit their website:

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.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Here is my comment for the standard entry!

  2. Sarah says:

    And here is my comment for following @MakesFun on Twitter! Can you tell I want to win this one?

  3. Sharyn says:

    I have fabulous memories of roughhousing with my brothers and so look forward to being able to do so some more with my young nephew…maybe this book can help!

  4. Sharyn says:

    I am now Following The Art of Roughhousing on Facebook.

  5. Sharyn says:

    I am now Following @RowdyDad on Twitter.

  6. Sharyn says:

    I already Follow This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff through email

  7. Sharyn says:

    I am already Following This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff on Facebook

  8. Sharyn says:

    I am already Following @MakesFun on Twitter.
    Whew…thank you!

  9. B Mom says:

    so…I tend to think we need “the art of CALMING DOWN” at our house, but your review makes me want to read this book anyway… and makes me recall bumping down the stairs in a sleeping bag as a kid!

  10. B Mom says:

    I love that Scott required E (but not you) to wear a helmet the first time down


    I totally think you should post these photos as “addition product photos” with a 5 star review of the crib mattress on Amazon

  11. Okay, that looks beyond adorable.

    And clearly I need to learn to roughhouse.

    I knew I was missing something.

  12. Marge Wood says:

    Wahoo! Some of my favorite memories (and I’m 71) are of roughhousing with relatives and friends. Unfortunately we don’t have any stairs but I am giving thought to how to make roughhousing an ongoing thing at our house.
    Love, Marge
    yes, I am signing up to win a copy of the book…..

  13. Craig says:

    My kids *love* to roughhouse!! My daughter wants to play the “tackling” game and when I first heard of this book, I looked up the “Houdini” – my 19mo giggles so much & loves it! Would love to learn more ideas….

  14. Mary Sheriff says:

    I am now following rowdy dad on twitter.

  15. Mary Sheriff says:

    I am already following Makes fun of stuff on twitter.

  16. MFA Mama says:

    I have three boys whose father kind of sucks at life, and am a former college English teacher who was a bookish invalid as a kid. So I think I need to brush up on rough-housing for everyone here’s sake. Hee!

  17. MFA Mama says:

    I just liked it on the facespace!

  18. MFA Mama says:

    Just followed @MakesFun on the Twitter!

  19. MFA Mama says:

    Just liked Makes Fun of Stuff on the facespace!

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