A sense of humor can be a gift from God. It can also be taught. Almost every baby I’ve ever met had some sense of the funny and the silly.
Being playful certainly helps develop that sense of whimsy. When my grandson Mac was about nine months old, he was sitting in his highchair with his sippy cup. He set the cup on the tray and carefully pushed it forward with a twinkle in his eye. I saw this and carefully pushed the cup back. Mac laughed with his whole body and then with one finger, pushed the cup toward me. We played this wonderful game for about ten minutes, pushing the sippy cup back and forth, laughing the entire time.
Believe me – children understand humor!
As kids get older, their sense of humor changes. Granddaughter Marie is deep into Knock-Knock jokes. What is even funnier is when she forgets the punch line of one joke and goes straight into the next one. Hysterical!
Then, of course, there is the period every child goes through when potty jokes and body parts are the funniest things going. Mostly this period is tolerated by adults rather than encouraged. But sometimes, I have to admit, the jokes can be funny and I can’t help but laugh.
Seeing the funny side of life is the best way to get through a day. The sillier, the better really. I can’t imagine a day in my life without laughter. Who could get through a good day, much less a bad day without some fun and joy? Not me, that’s for sure.
Letting children see you laugh and enjoy the little things around you is the best example ever. They learn more by what you do than by what you say. So I recommend you do both – talk about humor and demonstrate it.
Decide each day to see the humor in the world, laugh at the silly things and enjoy the whimsical.
Decide each day to be the best example of good humor to others, especially the little ones.
Decide each day to encourage the children to laugh and embrace their own unique sense of the humorous.
Decide each day to be happy!