Parenting - Emotions | 3-18 yrs

Encouraging Your Child's Sense Of Humour

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“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.” — Audrey Hepburn

Who doesn’t love a good joke or need a good laugh occasionally? A sense of humour is an important part of social competence. When someone provides a reason for laughter, it creates a sense of bonding and increases happiness and intimacy.

In an article titled, ‘Raising Children with a Sense of Humour’ in childmag.co.za, educational psychologist, Jolene Knowles says “Children learn through imitation and example. A parent who is able to see the funny side of things fosters the development of their child’s sense of humour.”

So, parents have an important role to play in inculcating a healthy sense of humour in their children. A sense of humour can enable children to see the funny side of things and cope in a better way with their problems. Humour also helps in building a sense of resilience and promoting emotional well-being. Children with a good sense of humour are happier and more optimistic.

According to an article titled, ‘Raising Funny Kids: How To Encourage Your Child's Sense Of Humor’ written by Devan McGuinness in Babble, “Laughter is nature’s best medicine: it releases happy hormones and endorphins and reduces stress.” The article also suggests ways for parents to encourage their children’s sense of humour. Some of the techniques suggested include: laughing a lot with children, laughing at their jokes, creating an environment where there is an abundance of funny materials, and teaching children about healthy kind of humour.

Want to know more about how you can encourage your child’s sense of humour. Then, please skim through the pages of this ClipBook.

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