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Lighten Up: Raising Kids With a Funny Bone

Written by Ricky Roxburgh

Remember your baby’s first smile (the one that wasn’t caused by gas)? The squint in her eyes, the wrinkled nose, some drool on her chin. It’s addicting. Parents will do anything to get more of that smile. We work so hard at it the first few months of life, yet a lot of parents leave it at that. Did you forget it’s your job to nurture and develop your child’s sense of humor? How can you? By being funny, of course.

We spend so much time with “please” and “thank you,” sanitizing hands, shushing, apologizing for loud singing, making sure they can read before they can talk … but where is the focus on the sense of humor? The world can be a rough place, and sometimes the best way to deal with it is to laugh. Plus, laughter is good for your physical and emotional health, and has social benefits. Triple bonus!

Need some tips? We get it. Some of us are funnier than others.

Here are some easy ways if you’re in need of a little assistance:

  • Laugh at yourself. Laugh when you trip, laugh when you run out of gas, laugh when you accidentally toot, laugh when you stutter, laugh when someone says something funny (duh!).
  • Smile. It’s the first stage of laughing, so if you keep a grin on your chin, then you’re one step closer to a full-on knee-slapper.
  • Share funny stories. At dinner, ask what was the funniest thing in everyone’s day; that way the whole family will get some chuckles.
  • Fake it ‘til you make it. Surround yourself with funniness until it catches on. Watch Make-Me-Laugh Challenge videos on YouTube, follow witty personalities on social media, adorn your space with hilarious décor or take a laughing yoga class at Maitland Public Library … You’ll be belly laughing in no time.

Now that we got you in a better mood, here’s what you can do to make them laugh:

  • Babies: Funny noises, silly faces and raspberries. Throw a diaper on your head and quack like a duck — go ahead … do it!
  • Toddlers: Peekaboo … with you, a toy, the dog. “Where’s Scruffy? … There he is!”
  • Preschoolers: Unfortunately, bathroom humor. Whoopee Cushions come in handy at this age.
  • School-age Kids: Jokes, puns and sarcasm (yippee!).

Celebrate April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day, celebrated on April 1st each year, is a light-hearted and playful day dedicated to practical jokes, hoaxes, and pranks. It is observed in many countries around the world, and people often engage in trickery and mischief on this day. April Fool’s Day is a time for harmless pranks and jokes among friends, family, and sometimes even in the media. It’s a chance to bring laughter and fun into our lives and share in the joy of playful deception.

April Fool’s Pranks for Kids

Free Money Prank: Bust out the rod and reel, and bait it with a dollar. Throw it out on the driveway just as dad is getting home. As he bends down to pick up the bill, let your kid reel it in. You’ll be surprised at how long it takes dad to figure out what’s going on, and your little prankster will have the time of her life.

Run Out of Gas: After you pick up the kid’s from school, pretend like your car is running out of gas. Pull the car over to a safe parking lot and tell the kids they’re going to have to help push the car to the nearest gas station!

The Fake Bug Invasion: Scatter some realistic-looking fake bugs around the house in unexpected places – inside lampshades, under pillows, or even in the refrigerator. Watch as your family members jump with fright at the sight of these creepy crawlies, only to realize they’ve been pranked.

Fake Poop or Puke Prank: Got a pet? Throw down a fake plastic pile of poop or puke on the floor and ask your kids to clean up after their pet’s accident. Have a good laugh together when they happily realize it’s not real!

Remember, the goal is to have fun and share some laughs with your kids on April Fool’s Day. Just make sure the pranks are harmless and good-natured, and everyone will enjoy the playful spirit of the day!

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