Rough and Tumble Play

Physical play is an integral component of childhood. ‘Big body contact’ play in particular is considered significant for children’s physical and emotional-social development. Alternatively called roughhousing, horsing around, or play-fighting, rough and tumble is typical play between boys in the playground, but is also occurs between parents and their young children. Past, current and future projects in the F&FRP are aimed at understanding the nature of this play, its relevance to fathering, and how it contributes to children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

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