The play instinct is in a wide variety of animals and has been found to have its own circuit in the mammalian brain. An important research finding is that play is essential for boys and without enough of it, they have developmental problems. Some researchers are recommending that primary schools start their day with 30 minutes of rough and tumble play. Big improvement over Ritalin!
Tom Golden is the author or three books, Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing, The Way Men Heal, and Helping Mothers be Closer to Their Sons: UnderStanding the Unique World of Boys. Tom was the creator of the youtube channel Men Are Good and served as the vice chairman of the Maryland Commission for Men’s Health. He has been a therapist in private practice for over 30 years.