It looks like Hugh Jackman is on to something! Here’s great news for parents with hyper kids — roughhousing with them is good for their brains!
If your child would rather be wrestling with your husband than calmly sitting next to you, you’re in luck. Research shows that when kids play around with their fathers, whether it be wrestling or using dad as a jungle gym, they are actually exercising their brains and bodies. Experts tell HollyBaby.com that it’s a great way for kids to bond with their parents while learning basic life skills — as long as it’s done in a super-safe way. So take a tip from celeb parents like Hugh Jackman, David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Gabriel Aubry and encourage your kids to get physical!
I know it sounds crazy, but when kids are flying around in mid-air they’re constantly shifting their body motions, which helps them to develop coordinated movement and is an essential life skill. Scientific studies have shown that roughhousing is also a great way to stimulate the release of certain growth elements in the cerebral cortex, which is an area of the brain that scientists refer to as the “social brain.”
But, Dr. Gilda Carle warns that parents must make sure to keep their rough play from becoming too aggressive. “First, you have to know what your children can handle,” she tells HollyBaby.com, but that as long as the roughhousing doesn’t become too aggressive or competitive there can be many other social benefits. “It teaches good healthy play and educates on proper physical touch.”
So, the next time your HollyHubby starts swinging the kids around, sit back, relax and take comfort in knowing that he’s helping to develop some super-awesome little people!