The Benefits of Rough and Tumble Play: A Conversation with Educator Mike Huber about Roughhousing

photo of roughhousing rough and tumble play ME guest, Mike HuberYoung children are very physical beings and have great fun rolling around in the grass, jumping, wrestling, chasing and tickling each other. As parents, that roughhousing sometimes makes us uneasy, bringing out worries that someone will get hurt or the kids will get so riled up that they won’t be able to sleep for a week.

 

But early childhood educator Mike Huber, a supervisor at St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development (a supporting partner of Mom Enough), understands how valuable rough and tumble play is to children’s learning and development. Mike joins Marti & Erin in this week’s show for a lively discussion of this often overlooked aspect of children’s experience, prompting funny memories for Marti & Erin and inspiring them to do a little roughhousing themselves.

 

To what extent do your kids engage in rough and tumble play? How do you encourage or discourage roughhousing? After listening to this Mom Enough podcast, what things might you try to do differently?

 

For St. David’s Center, click here.

For 6 Signs Your Child Could Benefit from Rough and Tumble Play, click here.

For Mike’s Importance of Social Skills article, click here.

For the Rough and Tumble Play sheet, click here.

For The Importance of Play to Children’s Learning sheet, click here.

For Mike’s author page, click here.

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