I roughhouse with my son. Often.
I tickle. Toss in the air. Wrestle. “Fly.” Give piggy-back rides. Jump, roll, run, and flip.
My interaction with my son is more rough, tough, and “dangerous” than my wife’s interaction with our son.
That doesn’t make me a better dad than my wife is a mom. It also doesn’t mean that, for my wife to be a good wife, she needs to try to do what I do and roughhouse with our son. Moms and Dads have unique roles to play, each contributing to the maturing and preparation of children to become men (and women) who honor God.
I enjoy roughhousing with my son, and I know how important that will be to his development into manhood. I know it was important for me, growing up with my dad. We would wrestle, play, and do “dangerous” stuff with him. And I know for certain that he played a pivotal, key role in helping me understand God-honoring masculinity. I’m thankful for him every day.
It’s cool when you see something on TV that gives credence to what you already do. On NBC’s Today Show, they interviewed Anthony DeBenedet about his book, The Art of Roughhousing. Check out the clip below.
They’re learning about the tricks and trades of the world, and how difficult the world can be, but they’re doing it in a protected and safe environment with someone they respect, that they love, and that love them. And that’s important.
Did you roughhouse with your dad?
Do you roughhouse with your kids? Does that look any different for boys than girls?