A sense of humor is good. Sure, there’s the obvious reasons, like keeping you from taking things too seriously, the ability to bring laughter to others, and ‘a good sense of humor’ is usually top-3 in every woman’s “lists of things I desire in a man” (which is especially important, because otherwise, I’d likely not be married).
But is a sense of humor important in the development of your kids?
Researchers think it is.
A study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that children as young as 6 starting developing a sense of humor similar to an adult’s, and while not as developed, the network is in place. Both researchers and doctors have found that humor is important to a child’s overall well-being, and the benefits of which last a lifetime. So is the class clown going to always live a happy life?
Not necessarily. Humor is lifetime development, and as parents, it’s important that in fostering humor in children by giving indications as to when and where humor might be appropriate, says D’Arcy Lyness, a Child and Adolescent Psychologist.
So we shouldn’t be surprised, then, when our children take on a sense of humor that is like their parents’. We certainly try to inject a good amount of humor in our lives, maybe a little too much at the dinner table on occasion, but there’s also times when maybe some humor would help remind us parents that we don’t always have to take our parenting so seriously, at least when our children are just trying to have harmless fun.
In any case, we like a lot of laughter in our house, and it’s a trait that we don’t even have to try hard to pass to our son. So maybe it’s not necessary to try and develop the class clown, but maybe at least the person who can break up a tense situation with a lighthearted word–and maybe a crack at the dinner table.