From the time kids are little they love playing monster. They like to hid behind corners and jump out and scare others. But why do they love having monster growls and giant claws so much?

Anthropologist Dr. Jane Bethrel has studied monster play in children across the world and has found it transcends cultures. “Children don’t have a choice over many of the things in their lives. They are told when to go to bed, when to get up, what to eat for dinner. Monster play lets them feel powerful. When they growl everyone reacts, usually with screams or laughter. The same way a stand up comedian gets a laugh from telling a joke or a singer gets applause for singing a song, monster play gives children a chance to feel important and in control of the situation.”

As parents it is refreshing to know that we didn’t raise a monster, that’s how our kids are supposed to act!