Get Started with Your Kids
Whether you’re a roughhousing veteran or a rookie just getting started, there are a few key principles to keep in mind when you’re getting started with your kids.
- Look for every opportunity to build your child’s confidence by encouraging her to be strong and powerful. Role reversal is a great way to do this; let her be the monster, scary dog or champion wrestler, while you play the bumbling and fumbling counterpart.
- The mental part of roughhousing can be summed up very simply: Extra enthusiasm, extra energy, and extra exuberance. When in doubt, follow this mantra.
- There is a natural arc of active physical play, which starts with calmness, rises into activation, reaches a peak of super excitement, and then winds down. Pay attention to where your child is on this arc at all times.
- Safe roughhousing comes from knowledge and practice, but despite our best precautions, accidents will occasionally happen. Always seek medical attention if you’ve got a gut feeling a serious injury occurred.
- If you do something that makes your child laugh, do it again.