Unplug and Play: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide to Roughhousing with Your Kids (Hardcover)
Learn how rough-and-tumble play can nurture relationships, lead to closer connections, encourage resilience, and boost confidence in kids—with 45 illustrated activities to get you started.
Every kid needs horseplay! Roughhousing is an essential part of childhood development—but it is increasingly overshadowed by screens and structured activities. In Unplug and Play, a doctor and a child psychologist, both dads, introduce parents to the benefits of physical play for young children.
Drawing from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, team sports, and even animal behavior, the authors present fun full-contact activities for parents and children to enjoy together, including:
- Human Cannonball
- Magic Carpet Ride
- Raucous Pillow Fight
- And more!
With activities for everyone from toddlers to kids ages 12 and up, you’ll build a foundation for a lifetime of enriching physical play.
Previously published as The Art of Roughhousing, this updated edition incorporates new child development research and addresses the changing role of screen time.
Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, author, and consultant living in Portland, Oregon. He is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and the author of The Opposite of Worry, a book for parents about childhood anxiety and fears, and Playful Parenting, an award-winning book about nurturing close connections, solving behavior problems, and encouraging children's confidence. He specializes in children's play and play therapy.
“Two dads offer the perfect antidote to helicopter parenting.”—Washington Post
"Enthusiastically recommended." Starred review—Library Journal