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Play-fighting often makes parents and educators uncomfortable. It can lead to physical injuries and some believe it triggers aggressive or violent behaviours that can impair a child’s early development.

However, studies show that play-fighting, like all forms of playing, is an important source of learning for young children. It allows them, among other things, to:

  • develop self-control over their impulses and their muscles (for example: control how hard they hit or push) 

  • learn the difference between acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours

  • learn to create rules and play by the rules 

  • decrease the use of hurtful physical aggressions

In the end, the question is “where do we set the limit?” and the answer is: “play in a way that nobody gets hurt.”