Most of us love someone who has a great sense of humor. Those who love to laugh help us to laugh. When life starts getting us down we turn to those who can laugh at it for support and help. We know that laughter is the best medicine, and that those who laugh often get through problems in a much easier way. As these facts prove, a good sense of humor is a very important part of a person’s personality. It is both a tool that helps us to survive and to get friends. We probably could not survive without it. Beyond this, it is part of what makes life great and worth living. So if a good sense of humor is so essential, how can it be encouraged in your child? Can you help a child gain a good sense of humor like you can teach them to play the piano, or catch a ball? This is a difficult question to answer, and partly because children have different personalities from each other. Some kids are naturally more quiet than others. They might be shy or serious. This is not a problem with their personality. Don’t try to force a child to laugh or have a good time. You need to respect the individual that your child is. However, there might be some good ways to help your kids laugh, and to laugh more and more. This could help them to develop a good sense of humor and to have more fun in life. Here are a few tips that could help you to develop your child’s sense of humor:
1. Find out what your children think is funny and then repeat it. A child has a particular sense of humor just as you do. Discover what makes them laugh. Is it jokes or physical humor? Is it verbal or visual? Once you have determined this try to develop this characteristic in your child by exposing them to more of this type of humor.
2. Laugh with your child. Children look to their parents to discover what is acceptable and what is not. They need the validation of mom or dad to figure out how to live. If you can laugh at certain things with your child it will help them to know that laughter is okay. They will learn that they don’t have to be serious all the time. A home where people are constantly serious is one where they will not be able to laugh. Make laughter a regular part of your daily routine.
3. Friends. Children love spending time with their friends. This together time is an important part of their routine and development. Most adults love to laugh with their friends. Children are really no different. If you can regularly allow your children to spend time with their friends, the chances are that they will see life in a much more light-hearted way.
4. Respond to adversity with optimism. A good sense of humor rolls with the punches in life. It can deal with almost anything. If you become overly serious or upset when something bad happens your children will probably respond in the same way. They will dread the difficult times and never laugh at them.
These are just a few tips that will help you to develop your child’s good sense of humor. Beyond these, be creative and experiment. If you persist you will find a method or practice that greatly helps to improve your child’s sense of humor.
Humor is the best medicine for the ills of life. We have all heard these sorts of sayings. In life we all find that they are very true. Life is simply too hard and absurd not to laugh at it sometimes. It is extremely difficult and serious, which is why we need to take it a little less seriously sometimes. Some people think that laughter is laziness, but those of us who have been through difficult times know that laughter helps you to get a fresh perspective on life. It can actually help you to confront a difficult situation. Because laughter is such a good practice, we would all like to see our children laugh a bit more. But how do you encourage a good sense of humor in your child? Encouraging a good sense of humor is a slow process that requires patience. Children have their own unique personalities and traits. You can’t just alter them at will or as you please, but you can help to encourage the sense of humor that is already there. This can be done through a number of different methods, all of which depend on the child and on their age. A very important age for the development of humor in a child is when they are in elementary or grade school. This is when they are forming social attachments and a personality. In many ways it will be the personality that they take with them through the rest of their lives. Because this is such an important time in their development you need to encourage their sense of humor appropriately. Here are a few good ideas for developing your elementary age child’s sense of humor:
1. Kids in the first few years of elementary or grade school will be mostly interested in simple jokes and slapstick. They will probably like fairly stupid physical humor. This is okay for their age group. You probably don’t want it to go too far past the first couple of grades, but for the time being it is fine.
Encourage them through foolish but funny jokes and maybe some silly movies. Help them by setting an example and laughing at the things they laugh at. Children tend to learn almost everything about behavior from their parents. If they see you laughing they will know that it is okay to laugh.
2. As the child gets older their sense of humor might change. They will probably be more verbal and will try to make jokes based on funny things with words. Children in this age group will also start to be sarcastic and might even start to make fun of their parents. A good way to encourage children at this stage is to present them with more developed jokes and concepts. See if they understand certain types of sarcasm found in movies or in books. This is the time when kids will be starting to see how humor will help them in life. Do not belittle their sense of humor. Show them that the sophisticated sense of humor they have is something used by adults. Laugh at their jokes in a sincere way. This will help them to see that they can participate in more grown up forms of humor.
These are just a few of several different suggestions about how you might encourage your elementary or gradeschool age child to develop a good sense of humor. Good luck with your young child!
A sense of humor is as important as any other part of a child’s education. We teach our children math, science, and English, but do we teach them how to laugh at life? Why don’t we teach them this critical skill? A sense of humor is critical because it helps us through the difficulties of life. Some people think that the only way to deal with life is to be serious about everything. However, people who say this don’t realize that humor is a very good way to deal with the really serious problems in life. It is not a method for escaping life, but for dealing with it in a positive and productive manner. Life is simply too difficult to pass through without laughing at it. Your children also need to develop a good sense of humor if they are going to roll with the punches of life. As with so many things, your children learn how to behave and react by watching their parents. They know what is funny and what is not funny according to what their parents find funny or not funny. There are lots of methods for encouraging a sense of humor in a child. You will find the best methods through experimentation and practice. But what if your child starts to laugh at the wrong things? Most children don’t know what is really appropriate and what is not when it comes to humor. They might not intend to hurt someone’s feelings, but they might anyway if they don’t know what lines they should not cross. So how do you encourage your child to have a good sense of humor, and by good I don’t just mean that they laugh at everything, but that they laugh at things that are appropriate to laugh at?
The first thing to remember is that your kids will try to imitate your sense of humor. If you are ashamed of some of the things you laugh at, your children might not know this. They will observe you laughing and think that it is okay to participate. So a first step is to simply watch out for the inappropriate things that you laugh at.
However, this does not mean that your child will not laugh at something inappropriate. Children need to be taught that some things simply are not okay to laugh at. When your child starts to laugh at something that they should not be laughing at, make sure to reprimand them. Explain why it is not appropriate. Help them to understand that it hurts someone’s feelings. Most children are fairly compassionate and do not want to harm others. If you explain their bevahior in terms of its impact on other people, they will be far more likely to respond. If you simply reprimand them they will never really learn why laughing at the wrong thing is wrong.
Another important step is to encourage your child to laugh at the right things. If children find that laughing at good things produces more of a result than laughing at bad things, they will be more inclined to laugh at the right things. Encourage your child’s sense of humor by limiting the material they laugh at to only appropriate sources. This will develop a particular type of sense of humor and one that is shocked by inappropriate jokes or laughter. Finally, show your children that you are also horrified by this type of humor. Make a dramatic comment about how inappropriate it is. Following these techniques will help your child develop a positive and strong sense of humor.
Someone in life will tell you that you should look on the bright or funny side of things. This is probably some of the best advice you can get. It is impossible to know exactly what life will bring and what it will surprise you with. Most of us will face some real difficulties in life, and for some of us those difficulties will simply be too much for us. If we can look on the funny side of life these problems don’t seem so bad. They fade away and feel like memories or bad dreams. It is amazing what a little positive thinking can do for a person in a bad spot. Even if the worst of all possible nightmares were to become true, you would still be able to laugh at your situation. Given that this ability is so important to life, what can you do to help your children see the funny side of life? Should you force them to laugh when things go wrong? Certainly not. However, there are some methods you can employ to help them develop this very important ability.
First, you need to laugh in the face of adversity if you expect your children to do the same. A child only learns to do what their parents do. If you do not look at the funny side of life your children will not either. Overly serious parents tend to lead to overly serious children. When something goes wrong and you can think only of how horrible things are, your children will also think this way. Attitudes pass from generation to generation and are difficult to change. However, if you can laugh when things are tough your children will develop this reflex.
Second, try to help your children feel safe and secure. It will be hard for kids, especially the younger ones, to look on the bright side of things if they never feel secure. When things are chaotic for a child they will probably feel much worse anxiety than an adult. Reassure your children and make sure that they know that everything is okay in your family.
Third, help your children find good things to laugh at when they are down. It is difficult to look at the bright side of life if you don’t have some practice. If children know what to look for when things are down it will make it that much easier to find the funny side of life. A few concrete practices could help with this situation. For example, you could watch a favorite funny movie with your children when they are depressed or down. You can go out to dinner or invite their friends over. Anything that will help them to gain a fresh perspective is a good idea.
Finally, point out the good things in your childrens life. Point out why they are so lucky or fortunate. Things to mention might be their home, food, care, and so forth. Many kids just don’t know how lucky they are to have caring parents and food to eat. While this might seem preachy, when a child is reminded at the right moment it can help to open their eyes.
There are many different techniques you can use to help your children see the funny side of life. No single technique may be better than another. Be creative and find out what helps your children as the unique individuals they are. With some experimentation and with the application of some tried and true techniques, you will be able to help your kids laugh in the face of adversity.
Most people love to laugh. We know that it helps our spirits and it provides a good relief from the anxieties of life. Without laughter life would probably seem helpless if not impossible. How would we deal with all the absurdity and difficulty without laughter? A good sense of humor is one of the central keys to living a healthy life–at least mentally. With a good sense of humor you can roll with the punches and see that life is not so bad even if it is hard. Some people might say that this is an excuse for not taking life seriously, but having a good sense of humor does not mean that a person does not take life seriously. Sometimes the best way to take life seriously is to have some fun with it so that it doesn’t get you down. If you take it too seriously you might end up not being able to deal with it. Because we know that a good sense of humor is very important in life, it is probably a good idea to encourage this sense in our children. While most children have a good sense of humor, some of them are more serious than others. A child’s personality is a difficult thing to change, and you probably should not try to change it too much. Children are wonderful because of their different personalities. This does not mean, however, that you cannot encourage certain parts of a child’s personality. All children will have some sort of sense of humor, you simply have to find it and help it to grow.
But how can someone encourage a child’s sense of humor? What can be done? The process need not be overly complicated. There are several methods that can be used to encourage a child’s sense of humor, and a great one is through games.
Most children and adults love games, whether they be sporting events or board games. Naturally some games are too complicated for children. These sorts of games need to be avoided because they only tend to make children bored. This is the complete opposite of what a game should do for someone, and especially a child.
When you choose games to encourage your child’s sense of humor make sure that they will be entertaining and engaging. A good game is one that keeps the child laughing constantly. The other thing the game needs to do is encourage the child to think in humorous ways. A silly word game is a good example. The value of this type of game is that it prompts the child to start thinking of funny things. If the child plays the game regularly it will help them to develop a sense of humor.
The best way to find a good game that will do all of these things is through experimentation. Try different types of games. Not all children will respond in the same way to the same games. It will vary some by personality and this is something that you will need to pay attention to. Once you have found the right games for your children it will be important to encourage them to play. This can be partly done by finding them friends who enjoy the same games. A big group of kids playing together can really get the laughter going end encourage your child to be creative and to start thinking in a humorous way.