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November 17th, 2012, 08:18 AM
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It is an important part of development imo. As long as the difference between rough and tumble play vs bullying can be established. I'd say for girls as well as boys. I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers, and there was definitely lots of rough and tumble play (8 years between me and my youngest brother, so we're all close in age).

So I'd draw the line once there appears to be vicious intent to hurt not related to the game at hand.

If a child gets hurt during the rough and tumble play I'll console him/her but show them how they can use it as a lesson for next time, either not to go that far or how to protect themselves next time.
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