May 2, 2014


Art of Manliness Podcast #66: The Art of Roughousing With Dr. Anthony DeBenedet


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I’m a big fan of roughhousing with my kids, and we’ve covered the importance of this father/child tradition in a previous article and video. In those pieces, I cited real research that shows something dads already know intuitively — that there are a lot of benefits to wrastlin’ with your rugrats. Today I talk to the co-creator of the source book on that research: Dr. Anthony T. DeBenedet. DeBenedet, along with Lawrence J. Cohen, are the authors of The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It. In this podcast I talk to Dr. DeBenedet about why roughhousing is so good for your kids.

Show Highlights:

  • Why roughhousing has a PR problem
  • How roughhousing makes your kids smarter and more ethical
  • How roughhousing can help prevent your daughter from suffering Queen Bee Syndrome
  • How soon can you start roughhousing with your progeny? (It’s sooner than you think)
  • And much more!


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