May you yuk it up…
Sometimes it seems that the only thing parents and children share is DNA. As a parent, you have the opportunity to encourage your child by sharing more than that with them. This article will talk about how to laugh with them and enhance both of your lives.
What Is Laughter?
Experts say that it is the best medicine in the world. Did you know that laughter releases endorphins? You might have heard of them before. They are released during exercise, feel-good substances in the brain that inspire a feeling of wellbeing in you. In essence, they give you a boost to the mood that all of us could use, especially kids.
Children laugh more than adults. Is that because they have more to laugh about? Often, it’s because they don’t know enough. Maybe it’s because kids know that laughing makes them feel good and they want to feel that way all the time.
There is nothing wrong with laughter as long as it isn’t at another’s expense. That is not happy laughter but malicious. As a parent, you can teach your child the difference.
Why Is Laughter Important?
Take a look at children. They could teach us a thing or two about humor. Here are some reasons why laughter is an important quality to instill in your child.
1. It lightens the mood – It’s hard to frown or feel down when you laugh. It can make a hard day seem better when you take the time to let out a good chuckle.
2. It gives you something in common with your child – Laughing at a funny cartoon, movie or television show together brings you in contact with your child. It creates happy memories for both of you.
3. It changes your perspective and theirs – A good laugh can help you see things from a different perspective. For example, laughing at your own mistakes can lighten the mood and even make you more optimistic about life. Optimistic children are more likely to bounce back from setbacks.
4. It teaches kids to see the humorous side of problems – Kids can take themselves too seriously. Encourage them to see the humor in things. Make sure they understand that you are not laughing at them but trying to get them to laugh with you. The message is that maybe the problem is not as serious as they one thought.
5. It’s fun – Playing games can lead to laughter if you’re not careful. Life has enough misery; add a bit of humor to it. Look for ways to bring laughter into your home and your kids will be more adjusted because of it.
Laughter is different from making fun of someone. When kids learn to laugh, they make themselves and others feel better.