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Roughhousing Lessons From Dad
Wall Street Journal, by SUE SHELLENBARGER

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 6/13/2014 10:51:55 AM

There is no question among researchers that fathers who spend time with their children instill self-control and social skills in their offspring. Exactly how dads do that, however, is largely a mystery. Thousands of studies have sliced and diced the benefits for children of a close, nurturing bond with Mom. Researchers have a harder time analyzing the ways fathers interact with children, such as rough-and-tumble play. (Snip)Animal studies, however, show that baby rats deprived of rough-and-tumble are more aggressive and lack social skills as adults.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 6/13/2014 11:19:33 AM     (No. 9884463)

This is SPARTA!!!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 6/13/2014 11:21:51 AM     (No. 9884475)

we play hall ball with the dog - and it would seem that the author is correct - dog is quite well socialized. problem is, she´s not aware that she´s a dog. more research may be necessary...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 6/13/2014 11:29:01 AM     (No. 9884489)

FTA: "I have to leave the room. It´s such an intuitive thing, to not want to tolerate the sounds of your kids screaming."

My brothers and I (six of us)would routinely wrestle and rough-house on the kitchen floor.

My Dad never seemed to think much of it; sitting at the table and finishing his coffee or dessert. My Mom would never moved to intervene, even when things started getting pretty rough. Instead, she´d holler in to us: "You kids better not mess up that floor! I just mopped and waxed it this morning, so if you´re going to beat each other up, GO DO IT OUTSIDE!"

My Dad would just smile.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: curious1, 6/13/2014 11:58:02 AM     (No. 9884540)

"Dr. Tamis-LeMonda is video-recording daily routines of 100 New York City families" - that shouldn´t skew the results, using NYer´s should it? After all, they keep reelecting the big gov types, so they raise their kids properly, right? /sarc

"It´s such an intuitive thing, to not want to tolerate the sounds of your kids screaming." - sounds like a good, politically-correct, type who wants to give the ´right´ answer - or an airhead who can´t tell the difference in their child´s ´screams´.

""If a mom does it, the child will learn the same thing," says Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, a professor of developmental psychology at New York University." - want to back that unsupported assertion up with peer-reviewed data there, femi-nazi?


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Reply 5 - Posted by: joew9, 6/13/2014 6:04:25 PM     (No. 9885025)

I have a theory. But I am completely unqualified except for my human experience.

I think young children look up to their father like a super hero. Nothing can hurt him he is all powerful. As they grow older and continue to engage in roughhouse playing with their father they learn that there are limits and that they can indeed hurt Dad. This teaches them limits of their roughhousing. And in turn it teaches them restraint in later life.

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