Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play | Quote 02529

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Roughhousing does not turn into aggression any more than any other type of play. What is more common is a child getting a minor injury. In quality rough-housing, the other children will pause and check in with the injured child. Depending on the child, a teacher may need to help calm the child. Frequently, the child will want to join the play again after calming down. This cycle of stopping, checking in, and starting back up actually helps children build a sense of trust and empathy with one another. It also leads to impulse control as children self-handicap as they continue to play.

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Mike Huber

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Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play

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