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We love the book 50 Dangerous things (you should let your children do), by Gever Tulley and Julie Spiegler, New American Library, 2009.   We love it because it’s so fun and such a contradiction to the “Safety Only” mentality that we are seeing more and more.  And we like it because when people think […]

Anne from Louisville, KY, shared this move, which she and her six year old daughter call The Balancing Trick.  One thing I loved about Anne’s description is that her daughter often asks for this game when she is feeling nervous or upset.  She seems to have discovered intuitively the link between roughhousing and emotional balance! […]

This move is from a family at the Blue School in NYC. It became a big hit during a recent roughhousing workshop/playday at the school. The parent holds one end of a long pillow, and swings it toward the head or the feet of the child (it’s even more fun with two or more children). Before the pillow gets […]

            I recently returned from a trip to Romania, where I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with a group of dedicated parents and their children.  The parents spoke English fluently, which was good because I struggled with just a few words of Romanian.  But when it came time for the morning of play, I […]

“Children function best when they feel connected to someone who cares about them. Play, laughter, roughhousing, cuddling, and warm, enthusiastic attention all build a child’s sense of connection with us.”  — Patty Wipfler, the founder of Hand In Hand Parenting On Thursday July 28, 2011, from 9-10 pm Eastern Daylight Time, I will join Patty […]

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