Physical risk with playmates— tickle fests, wrestling, roughhousing, and other rough partner play— helps kids learn trust, impulse control, body awareness, and setting limits on play partners. Stuart Brown, of the National Institute for Play, says that this kind of play is necessary for young social mammals. Besides teaching physical and social skills, it trains them to deal with unpredictability, allowing them to approach life with flexibility. Even flexibility takes practice.
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