[Paleopsych] child's play

Michael Christopher anonymous_animus at yahoo.com
Tue May 3 19:05:56 UTC 2005

>>Children must have independent, competitive 
rough-and-tumble play. Not only do they enjoy it, it
is part of their normal development. Anthony
Pellegrini, a professor of early childhood 
education at the University of Minnesota, defines
rough-and-tumble play as behavior that includes
"laughing, running, smiling, jumping ... 
wrestling, play fighting, chasing, and fleeing." Such
play, he says, brings children together, it makes them
happy and it promotes healthy socialization.<<

--That's an odd list... smiling is lumped in with
wrestling? And with no distinction among levels of
roughness in play fighting? I doubt there's any
"politically correct" movement to ban smiling on the


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