Humour is the best way to connect to your child and make family life fun. Researchers say that a child possesses a sense of humour at birth; however at different ages what they find funny differs. At 6, you can expect knock-knock jokes from your little one while a funny dance move might be enough to break a toddler into laughter.
Why is it important to develop a sense of humour? Kids with a sense of humour are
- more optimistic and confident as adults
- emotionally and socially stronger
- better equipped to handle challenging situations
- more likeable among peers
- healthier, as less likely to get depressed and stressed
Wondering if there are ways to encourage their sense of humour, foster respect for humour and enjoy the lighter side of life? Read on.
Play and laugh together
Be playful around your child. Laughing together at silly jokes, watching cartoons and reading funny books are some ways to create a warm environment where they feel encouraged to share humour.
Be a funny role model
Your child is more likely to use humour in day-to-day life if he/she sees you using it in both verbal and physical ways. Finding humour in tense situations is an art. It requires skills, that you can develop in your child by helping them see things in a different perspective.
Being able to laugh at one’s own mistake, tells a lot about his/her personality. Only a person with high self -esteem will not shy away from making fun of himself/herself.
Help differentiate between mean and healthy jokes
Discourage your kids from using mean and hurtful jokes. Teach your child that teasing anyone or making fun of others is not funny. This is also a good way to teach them empathy.
Laugh at each other
Creating a home environment where your child feels safe to laugh at your mistakes can be an easy way to develop the skill. Share funny incidents from your past and you are bound to get lots of giggles and a funny story in return.
While it becomes increasingly difficult, taking out time to spend together plays an important role in building your child’s sense of humour. You are building lifetime memories with your silly jokes and helping develop a healthy skill that will help your child in future. So feel motivated to teach your child to respect humour.