The difference between roughhousing and “fighting” is that all people involved consent to playing rough. If a child does not want to play rough or wants to stop roughhousing, everyone else involved needs to stop.
This is the basis of consent, but it’s not always so simple: Two friends may start with the assumption that they can push their friend to say hello. They do not need to ask each time. This means both children need to feel comfortable saying stop and both children should be able to read their friend’s body language to understand if pushing is OK. Other children in the room who are not roughhousing also have a say in the play but to a lesser degree. Children need to know their play won’t be disrupted by the children roughhousing (e.g. a block building being knocked down). Roughhousing may also get too loud for others who are engaged in other activities. The ensuing negotiations are how children learn to advocate for themselves as well as listen to the needs of others.
MORE ABOUT THE SESSION
We are so delighted to have Mike Huber joining us for this session, hosted by Jeff A Johnson of Explorations Early Learning. Mike is the author of Embracing Rough & Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind and provides amazing insight into this type of play through an array of articles and podcasts.
This is a LIVE ONLINE session, where participants will connect to Zoom. Instructions to connect are provided in a PDF which you will be prompted to download upon completion of your registration.
Q – I don’t have a zoom account, can I still participate?
A – Yes. You do not need a zoom account, you can simply connect using the instructions provided upon completion of your registration.
Q – I can’t make that time, can I still watch the session?
A – Yes. Although live attendance is definitely recommended (it is a great opportunity to feel connected!), we understand that you may not be able to make it along – things happen! Please contact us if you miss the session and we can provide you with the recording.