Like lots of moms, Jessica Simpson's Instagram is a delightful ode to her happy family life. Her latest post fits right in, offering an adorably gasp-worthy glimpse of her almost-2-year-old daughter Maxwell playing with her fiance Eric Johnson at the beach.
"Maxi and Daddy at the beach. Yikes and Yay. Good Lord! She has NO FEAR!" the proud mama captioned her pic. Why "yikes" and "yay"? Well, you've just gotta see it to get it ...
AHH! "Yikes" is right! That kiddo is way up there. But she also looks like she's having the time of her life with her daddy.
Granted, some parents may look at this and be quick to judge Eric for the risky play he's enjoying with his little girl, but the fact of the matter is that not only is the guy a former NFL player (physically fit and skilled in the art of throwing and catching!), but many kids are total thrill-seekers who ADORE being thrown as high and or spun as fast as their folks see fit. While this sort of play may terrify one kid, it's the ultimate in fun to another.
Furthermore, there's even research to support how dads definitely have a tendency to play differently -- yep, a bit more wildly than moms! -- with their children. But it's for the best! According to Wade Horn, President of the National Fatherhood Initiative, children benefit from a father's "rough and tumble play" by learning their limits. Fathers encourage kids to take chances, which can lead to them breaking out of their comfort zone and building their independence and confidence.
Judging from how much love and fun she's surrounded by, we can bet Maxi is already pretty confident for a 23-month-old! But seems like fun time with her daddy is only going to serve to make her more so. And what kid couldn't use an extra pick-me-up? (In Maxi's case, it's just way, WAY up!)
What sort of "rough and tumble" play does your partner engage in with your kid? Do you agree there's a benefit to it?
Images via Jessica Simpson/Instagram