Teach me to laugh

A sense of humor is a powerful weapon of self-defense and a cure for many life troubles. It will be much easier for a toddler to master this useful quality if his parents give him a personal example.

The opinion that a sense of humor is inherited, is only partly true. The temperament that a child has inherited from nature can really affect his world view. But the family and the surrounding environment are also contributing. It is unlikely that a child who has grown up among sullen and withdrawn people will have a healthy sense of humor. So that the personal example of parents is contagious, whatever it is, and in their power to teach the child to enjoy life, joke over themselves and discharge the heated atmosphere with a fitting word.

A sense of humor manifests itself even in the youngest children, but what is funny to the kid, the teenager can cause bewilderment: he will consider this an ordinary stupidity. So pick a topic for fun you need to competently.

Feel the mood

Infants, although they do not understand jokes, but perfectly feel the mood of others. In 1-2 months the baby responds with a smile to affectionate words and a smile of the parents. At 3-4 months he is already giggly laughing, playing with his mom or dad or bathing in the tub. When adults make funny sounds or make faces, the crumb also rejoices with them.

Closer to 9 months the child can already understand that my mother is doing something unexpected: meows like a cat, or puts a child's cap on his head. This seems ridiculous to most kids. Another win-win option is tickling. But if you carefully observe the carapace, you can find out that other things are amusing him, for example the word "cuttlefish" or "flying" in the hands of the pope. And children's joy is so contagious that adults play such etudes again and again. Joking and fooling along with the crumb, parents develop a sense of humor and teach him to take a positive attitude to life.

Funny surprise

Children 2-3 years like "physical" humor, especially with elements of surprise. It's funny when adults hide behind a door or behind a sofa and suddenly look out sharply from their hiding place. Fun kids and games like "pussy, pussy, shave under the bench." Mastering speech, children begin to feel a rhyme, which already in itself seems to them amusing. But soon the child begins to laugh "in the subject" - over a joke, an amusing song, a merry episode from a cartoon. He can not really explain what it was that gave him pleasure, but it does not prevent him from seeing the whole absurdity or comic situation.

Over an adult joke, the kid can also laugh, but for the time being only for the company, because it is not yet able to comprehend its meaning. But he will try his best to understand what was funny in it, and ask suggestive questions. If possible, try to explain to the crumb, for what reason you just had fun.

The next step in development is conscious attempts to make parents laugh. The kid will "show your nose," walk around the apartment in my mother's shoes, curl and depict someone. Encourage such initiatives and laugh along with the little litsedeyem - this is very important. If the child notices that some of his actions have caused amicable laughter and approval, he will repeatedly perform this number for you. Your task is not to get irritated, but to calmly explain that from a repeated repetition the joke loses its sharpness.

A sense of humor develops also funny stories and humorous verses, but at first funny moments will surely require your comment, while always ask the crumb that he understands and what does not.

To inspire the baby, have fun with the whole family and more often joke yourself. The best way to develop a sense of humor in a child is to demonstrate his ability to make others laugh.

Take the children's humor seriously. Encourage attempts to joke, even if they do not seem very funny. Listen to the humorous experiences of the child, do not dismiss them from boring "do not say stupid things."

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