If you have a child who is good at making you laugh, you know it is a blessing, especially in the hard times. What about those times when you need to change the mood of the family or connect with your child quickly? Telling jokes can benefit your family in so many ways. A family that laughs together stays together.
Laughing together is a way for families to connect. Laughter is the best medicine, and you can read a previous article I wrote about that here.
Laughing helps people get rid of some of their emotional baggage. Laughing releases the same endorphins as crying. If a person gets the chance to have a good laugh, it will be the same as if they had a good cry. Laughing can have the same effect emotionally and psychologically for a person as crying. Not that crying is a bad thing, but if we get to choose…
We often times think humor is a genetic attribute, but come to find out, a sense of humor is actually a learned quality. This is exciting to know that we can be intentional about facilitating our child’s humor. We can do that in so many ways. My favorite way is to model it and share jokes and riddles.
What’s All the Humor About?
Humor is what makes something funny. A sense of humor is the ability to recognize humor. Someone with a well-developed sense of humor has the ability to recognize what’s funny to others and can amuse them as well.
While reading Encouraging Your Child’s Sense of Humor, I learned some cool facts that I want to share with you.
A good sense of humor is a tool that kids can rely on throughout life to help them:
- see things from many perspectives other than the most obvious
- be spontaneous
- grasp unconventional ideas or ways of thinking
- see beyond the surface of things
- enjoy and participate in the playful aspects of life
- not take themselves too seriously
Why Do My Kids Tell Jokes That Don’t Make Sense?
Stanley Dubinsky, an English professor at the University of South Carolina and the author of Understanding Language Through Humor, agrees that kids tend to tell bizarre jokes because they haven’t yet mastered what exactly makes a joke, a joke. …half of the jokes that kids hear, they don’t quite get.” So it’s only natural, Dubinsky says, for some children to believe that a couple of absurd or mismatched concepts assembled into a familiar “knock-knock” or “What do you call …” structure adds up to a joke.
I say, “Don’t give up on your child. Jokes challenge them to solve for the answer and challenge them to use puns.”
No matter the age, it will not take your kids long to catch on when you share jokes and riddles. Before long, you’ll have your very own personal comedian who even writes their own funny material. Sometimes, it’s so NOT funny, you can’t help but cry laughing.
Playing with language introduces new words and meanings and builds vocabulary. Repeating the same jokes or riddles develops memory skills. Kids learn creative life and problem-solving skills by studying jokes and making up their own.
Why Does a Family That Laughs Together Stay Together?
There are tons of ways that humor benefits the family as a whole and individual family members. That is why it is so important to be intentional about making sure there is laughter in your household. I’m going to share several of my favorite ways how humor benefits the family, but if you need more, just Google a family that laughs together stays together or the benefits of laughter.
What Do You Do To Make the Family Laugh?
By telling jokes of course. To begin with, there are times when acting silly, goofing off and being crazy to get a laugh is all good. Maybe you’re not as immature as me or don’t care to act goofy. You could keep a few good jokes on hand instead.
I am not good at remembering jokes. Luckily, I only have to say them once and the boys remember them forever. They even use the jokes that I tell as templates to make up their own jokes. Something like, “Why did Mommy cross the road?” or Knock Knock. Who’s there? Mommy. All that matters is that everyone is having fun and believe me, laughing is contagious!
Since I can’t remember jokes very well, I keep a list of my favorites. I use a couple every now and then to spice things up around here and throw something different into our fun. You can get a copy of my 100 Jokes Worth Telling My Kids.
Additionally, my prayer is that these jokes will bring much laughter to your family. I have combed through the jokes that are online and in books. Here are 100 of my family’s favorites!
You can download the jokes and print them out or save them to your phone, so you can have them at your fingertips. They are fun to take out when you get stuck waiting for the oil to get changed, your name to be called at an appointment or anything of the like.
When you use all of these jokes, check out the joke book section at your public library. I have yet to find a kid who doesn’t enjoy a joke, riddle or brainteaser books.
When to Draw the Line for Kids’ Joking
You will most likely have to have a conversation with your child about what kind of jokes are inappropriate in school or church. Depending on your family culture, you can decide if you allow poop jokes, bathroom jokes, or flatulence jokes.
It is never OK to make others the butt of your jokes. Teach the difference between a good-natured practical joke and one that hurts someone physically or causes hurt feelings.
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As you can see, it is a good idea to find a way to bring humor and fun into your family. Ultimately, great things happen to families who laugh together. They begin to talk and giggle and lighten up. Family memories are built, jokes are shared and serious moments of intimacy are communicated. In any event, parents must be intentional about creating special times together to build lifelong memories and fun together.
I would love for you to comment and tell us what your family does to keep the fun-loving humor going.
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Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours! Remember to have fun, laugh and give God the glory! I love you! SS