Few things send delight through my kids quite like the sound of the garage door opening when my husband returns home. “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!” It’s adorable. My kids just love their daddy!
They can’t wait for him to come home, drop everything and wrestle in the family room, ride bikes or play baseball in the backyard.
Last week, ABC news reported on a new Australian study which stated that roughhousing with dad is critical to a child’s development. Both boys and girls, ages 2-5, benefit from rough play with dad, according to the report.
Whether it’s the individual time spent together or the act of beating dad at his own game, play builds confidence, self-esteem and trust. Moms need to bite their tongues and let them play rough, have a pillow fight, or wrestle without worrying that someone is going to get hurt.
Horsing around comes easy for many dads, but if it doesn't, they might want to check out a new book which debuted on the Today show last week. "The Art of Roughhousing" provides a guide for more timid parents to teach them how to get get rough and tumble with their kids. It also explains why this physical play is so essential to a child’s development.
It’s so important that parents, moms and dads, spend one-on-one time with their children every day. Put away your phone, turn off the TV and resist the urge to check your email. Instead, play, talk and spend time with your children. You will all benefit in the long run.
This individual time is what our kids crave most. And it’s very important in shaping their development.