Warmth and physical affection from fathers is associated with higher self-esteem and fewer social and emotional problems in their children.
Rough-and-tumble play can be fun for children and grown-ups.
As well as giving children the chance to get some exercise, it lets them safely test their physical capabilities and limits. And when playing rough with their dads, children can learn how to manage emotions like anger and excitement, as well as the desire to win. This type of play also helps your child learn important social lessons, like what’s ‘fair’ (no gouging!).
Here are some tips for getting the most out of rough-and-tumble play with your child:
- Time your play wisely. Kids playing with dad can get so excited they need some quiet time before they can go to bed, eat a meal or get dressed. Make time for winding down after rough play.
- Set a few ground rules. For example, when someone says they’ve had enough or gets hurt, it’s time to take a break.
- When the occasional bump or collision happens, calm things down, make sure your child understands it was an accident, and start the game again after the tears are dry.
- Encourage your children to keep trying when they ‘lose’.
- And remember – as the strongest and biggest player, you might have to let yourself be overpowered or caught so another player can ‘win’ at least some of the time!