Good Parenting Means Letting Your Kid Live Dangerously

Roughhousing Helps With Pushing Past Their Limits

Experts have determined that kids are good at knowing their limits, even if they have to push past them a little bit to reach that understanding. Rough play or running too fast helps them determine those limits. Running helps kids develop perceptual awareness and spatial orientation, whereas roughhousing can help them understand physical strength.

Children roller skating Chongqing, China
Photo Credit: China Photos/Getty Images
Photo Credit: China Photos/Getty Images

Rough play can help your kids learn about impulse control and anger management as well, and what the consequence of aggression could be. Studies have also shown that playing at high speeds has antiphobic effects on children.