Fathers play a crucial role in the lives of their children. A recent study out of Australia examined father-child "rough-and-tumble" play and its effects on children.
Researchers found that frequent rough-and-tumble play makes a significant difference in many children's social, emotional and behavioral outcomes. For example, children with frequent rough-and-tumble play were found to have reduced aggression and increased self-regulation. Furthermore, children who participated in frequent rough-and-tumble play with their fathers experienced improved working memory, which is the part of short-term memory associated with processing language and concepts as presented.
Children's lives can be permanently improved by the simple act of playing with their fathers. To read the full study, click here.