My 11-year-old son usually wants to pillow fight or sword fight during his special times with me. He told me recently, “I like it when we talk, too,” which is just what happens. As we wrestle and play and have fun, he tells me what’s going on at school, with his friends, and whatever is on his mind, in a way that he doesn’t often do otherwise. The physical play and connection seems to loosen him up.
—Sandra Flear, Certified Parenting by Connection Instructor
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