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The Art of Roughhousing - Book Review

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Along the lines of our review of 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do), we've also taken a dive into The Art of Roughhousing by Anthony DeBenedet and Lawrence Cohen.

The Art of Roughhousing

Roughhousing, the authors claim, can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and more, and the book provides many safe ideas for roughhousing activities, sorted with categories of ages, difficulty and essential skills. Simple games for your baby, like Steamroller (think wrapping your arms around your child and rolling over and over) are mixed with more complicated flips, wrestling moves and climbing games for the older set. It also includes ideas for pillow fights, water balloon games and more.

My own little martial artists were excited to try some fun new wrestling games with mom and dad--they're always up for a little bit of rough play. And, as the less athletically inclined parent, I definitely appreciated the pictures and very specific directions for the games. The kids loved the idea of new and inventive ways to use mom and dad as monkey bars, and the book added a ton of ideas to our list of fun games for the kids. For more fun check out the authors' blog ww.theartofroughhousing.com/

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Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans, who just might be part monkey. Besides MomTrends, she writes "BentoLunch.net - What's for Lunch at Our House", her own blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.

MomTrends was not paid for this post; we did receive a copy of the book!

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