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10 Ways to Encourage Your Child's Sense of Humor

Is there anything you can do to help your child appreciate the lighter side of life? Sure there is. Try these tactics.
 

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Is there anything you can do to help your child appreciate the lighter side of life? Sure there is. Try these tactics to develop her respect for what's funny.

  1. Maintain a warm, supportive atmosphere in your home. When your child feels comfortable, he'll be more willing to risk making a joke.
  2. Be playful. Incorporate physical and verbal humor when you're together.
  3. Build self-esteem. A confident child will attempt and appreciate humor.
  4. Help her tune in to the needs and pleasures of others. In order to engage and communicate with her peers, she needs to understand her audience.
  5. Use humor yourself. Model how introducing a light touch can help relieve tense situations.
  6. Share funny stories. Use picture books and tall tales that make him laugh.
  7. Don't ban potty humorEven if her jokes aren't always tasteful, it's better to encourage her wit.
  8. Let him laugh at you. Giving him the upper hand every now and then will amuse everyone.
  9. Make a joke out of a mistake. Being able to laugh at yourself is invaluable for social success — model this with a little self-ridicule every once in a while.
  10. Give her the structure to predict what to expect. This will help her learn to manage and set boundaries with humor.

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