Encouraging Your Child's Sense of Humor

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A sense of humor serves a child well—but when pranks are misplaced, humor can go awry. Here's how to help their sense of humor shine while also teaching them how to behave in weightier moments, too. My kid has always been a jokester and loves pulling pranks. Is there a way I can help him curb the humor when he should be more serious? A sense of humor is a wonderful trait for a child to have. It serves them well throughout life, connects them with others in a fun, positive way, and plays a role in crucial social development as they grow up. But sure, sometimes it can be misplaced: Your child makes a joke at an otherwise serious time, or your little one pulls pranks when it's—well—really not funny.

A sense of humor can brighten ancestor life. You can blow raspberries arrange a baby's belly, put on a silly hat and chase a 3-year-old, or pretend to fall into a pile of leaves to amuse a first-grader. As kids grow into preteens and teens, you can share puns and jokes as their sense of what's funny grows more sophisticated. Amused together is a way to associate, and a good sense of humor also can make kids smarter, healthier, and better able to cope along with challenges. We tend to think of humor as part of our hereditary makeup, like blue eyes or adult feet.

The word usage examples above have been gathered from various sources to be a sign of current and historial usage. They accomplish not represent the opinions of YourDictionary. Artemus Ward was an American columnist, humorist, and comic lecturer who achieved fame on both sides of the Atlantic. Over the course of our lives, we learn many things - some the easy way, and a few the hard way.

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