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Enjoying Your Child's Sense of Humor

Updated on April 25, 2012
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Laughter is Medicine

Humor is defined as: funny quality: the quality or content of something such as a story, performance, or joke that elicits amusement and laughter. (source: bing dictionary).

Studies have been made on how laughter benefits the immune system and stress. Here are some of the results and observations (source: holisticonline: humor therapy):

  • An increase in the number and activity level of natural killer cells that attack viral infected cells and some types of cancer and tumor cells..
  • An increase in activated T cells. Thee are T cells that await activation Laughter appears to tell the immune system to "turn it up a notch."
  • Results also supported research indicating a general decrease in stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and suppress immune activity.
  • Belly laugh results in muscle relaxation, both during and after laughing
  • Humor allows a person to "forget" about pains

This is a good reason to encourage a sense of humor in your child, wouldn't you say?

This is our grandparent life saver! It tells jokes for you and also laughs at the right time.
This is our grandparent life saver! It tells jokes for you and also laughs at the right time. | Source
Primary aged children love to experiment with vocabulary and written word in joke telling, "Why did the computer go to the doctor?"
Primary aged children love to experiment with vocabulary and written word in joke telling, "Why did the computer go to the doctor?" | Source
Older children (8-12) enjoy books on humor.  Here is what our older grandchild (and his granddad) enjoy.
Older children (8-12) enjoy books on humor. Here is what our older grandchild (and his granddad) enjoy. | Source

What Makes A Child Laugh?

Looking back, can you define exactly when you discovered humor in your life? Can you remember your first joke? It may seem that laughter has always been a part of your life, almost an automatic response to life's humorous events. However, humor is considered an intellectual achievement that begins during infancy, changing with each developmental stage of life.

I remember playing peek-a-boo with my child, probably around eight months of age, and how my disappearance and reappearance from behind a scarf would make him laugh. The reason a child will laugh at such antics is that it is out of the norm for a parent's behavior. The child will react to this with laughter because he is observing your smiling facial expressions and this creates a sense of humor.

Toddlers and Twos will begin to engage in pretend play that leads to forming basic attempts at humor. They may put the sand bucket over their head and peek out from beneath with a mischievous smile in attempts to make you laugh. Or, they may try something incongruous such as throwing a shoe at you, thinking it to be funny.

Preschool children love to play on words in sentences and will mislabel items in order to make a simple joke, "Can I have more moo juice? It's so amoooozing!" Rhyming is also enjoyable to them as the they learn to combine words in silly sing-song fashion. Children this age enjoy simple rhyming books with humor, such as Dr. Seuss, that allow them to "hear" the humor in words and sounds.

Primary school aged children (5-7) listen to other kids and adults tell jokes, and they begin to pick up on verbal humor. They watch the reaction of those who hear the jokes and this triggers their interest in making people laugh. At this stage they are great imitators and will tell jokes over and over to the chagrin of parents! Remember those knock-knock jokes? Here's one of our grandchildren's favorite jokes that they love to tell over the phone for special effects (Yes, we spend minutes saying, Who? Who? and still no answer!):

  • Child: Knock-knock
  • Adult: Who's there?
  • Child: Nobody
  • Adult: Nobody who?
  • Child: ........ (silence!)

The best part about the joke telling at this age is that they will laugh wholeheartedly at their own joke, even if you don't get it. In their attempt to make people laugh, they will often make up jokes with absolutely no meaning to them or little humor. However, as parents we will genuinely laugh because we enjoy the effort and their attempt at humor. Here is one of my granddaughter's made-up jokes (keep in mind this is a seven year old who fits the description above):

  • What has eyes but can't see, ears but can't hear, feet but can't walk and wings but can't fly?
  • I give up. What is it?
  • A dead bird! (Followed by hilarious laughter from all children. Adults are left baffled!)

I have included a chart below (source: Journal of Child and Youth Care, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp 45-53) that gives the developmental stages of humor in children. Humor is an important part of your child's development. It enables her to build vocabulary, creative thinking, positive social interaction skills and self esteem. Humor helps children cope with stressful situations in life.

Developmental Stages of Humor in Children

Age
Humor Response
Developmental Issue
Intervention
0-4 month
Smiling
Responds to sights, sounds, movement, feedings
Provide Enrichment
4-8 month
Laughter at physical level with active stimulation
Discovers body movement, recognizes human face and voice
I'm gonna get you..engage in physical contact
8 -12 month
Laughs in contact with toys
Distinguishes between self and non-self
Peek-a-boo, contact play with toys
1-2 year
Expectancy Violations
Developing organized schemas of the world
Mislabeling, playing with toys in different way
2-4 year
Fantasy, make-believe, slapstick, silly words, songs, bodily noises, direct participation important
Mastery of motor skills, symbol development of world, create novel stimulus
Play house, active play, Dr. Seuss, simple songs
5-10 years
Riddles, first simple word incongruencies
Concrete operational thinking, can detet transitions and relationships
Joke books, cartoons, will repeat over & over
10 & Over
Sophisticated jokes, wit, satire
Peer relationships, individual personality and experiences
Movies, Friendly wit and sarcasm

Humor Should be Positive

Remember humor is wonderful but most be appropriate. Keep in mind that children need guidelines as to when something is funny. Here are some settings where it would be inappropriate:

  • When a child is sad or has experienced a painful event (i,e., loss of loved one or a pet)
  • It makes them feel "picked on", lowering self esteem or demeaned in some fashion
  • it is not a form of humor they are familiar with and do not know how to react to in front of other children.

Also, a warning to parents, clowns at parties or large, moving, cartoon characters are not always viewed as funny. In fact they are sometimes scary and throw children into a fearful state of mind, especially children under three years of age. Everyone loves a clown, but be careful as to when and how you introduce your child to this type of entertainment.


In conclusion, as a parent you can help your child benefit from building good humor. It is a healthy coping skill that costs absolutely nothing, and has great side effects!

If you have something of interest to add to this topic, please list it below in the comment section. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Kid's One-line Jokes and Baby Laugh Track

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is a great hub! Humor is very important to kids and adults alike! I will use some of your jokes with my kids. I really liked the chart you added. Voted up, useful, and shared!

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Your hubs are always so full of great information, with an eye for a detail, so well organized in terms of the layout and sub-topics that anyone will make use of them. Simply wonderful. Thank you.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Oh my gosh. That's the cutest video. Teaches, the biggest joy of my life is making my grand kids laugh. I'm not bragging, but I'm good at it. Yesterday Ben, my 10 year old was over here, because he had a cold. He taught me a new game. You start with the alphabet and make up a story. The story has to make sense, and you have to use a word that starts with your letter. He started with A, and I was stuck on down the line with Q and Z. He laughed so he could hardly continue the game. I have to say, I laughed too.

      This hub is really put together. One would think you are (a teacher) lol.

      Enjoyed it. Up and across.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had a hard time getting through your hub because I was laughing too hard at the dead bird joke! :) Is there anything more beautiful than a young child laughing. It is unbridled, infectious and one of the joys of life.

      Great hub my friend!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love a good joke just as much as the next person, especially when it comes from a young child. They can put some special effects to it that make you just laugh outloud! Thanks for your sharing, votes of support and comments, Kelley. You are a dear friend indeed!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Katrine! I am glad that you stopped in to read the hub and that you found it interesting. Your visits are always a welcome to my day. Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am laughing along with you as I read your comment, Ann. I love those special moments of laughter with children. You must be an awesome grandmother! Yes, the video has some cute jokes and the children have fun telling them too. Thanks for the votes and for commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Billybuc, it's nice to see you here. That dead bird joke she made up always hits kids and men (no harm intended) with such humor! She tells it with such a straight face, and then she bursts into laughter. Yes, their laugh is so infectious and it adds joy to our life. Enjoy you day and have a good laugh today!

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      teaches , very nice hub. this shows your talent as a teacher and a scholar. great hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Cleaner, you are a great support to my writing and I value your comments. Thanks for the visit and make sure you have a good laugh today!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      There is nothing more beautiful than hearing a child laugh, one of my earliest memories of my daughter laughing was when we were playing peek a boo!

      Your hubs are so interesting and packed with useful information, I always enjoy reading - I loved the video too!

      Thank you and voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Peek-a-boo is one of a parents first enjoyable moments playing with their child. The belly laughs that it causes is so endearing! I am glad it reminded you of such a good time in your child's life. Thanks for your continued support of my hubs, Movie Master. Tell someone a joke today!!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like that you offer situations where humor with children would be inappropriate. A nice hub about laughing and smiling, how could I not vote it up?!! Well done.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed this hub very much. What we teach our children will be with them for heir lifetime. Humor and being able to laugh is a vital part of the enjoyment of life. Thank you for your work.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This is another of your great Hubs! I have a great granddaugter living with me. She is 9 mos. old. We play the peek a boo, and she laughs uncontrollably. That, of course, makes me laugh. I loved the video. Great Hub, I voted it UP, etc.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I love this hub. My daughter was a fun loving child growing up. She loved to laugh, and sometimes told the same joke over and over. She is 16 now and I am very wrong a lot of the time. But, most of the time she is very good. Especially when I watch some of the shows on TV. Wow. If I am wrong ( most of the time) she just rolls her eyes at me.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      teaches12345,

      this is a great Hub with well researched facts. Very useful for parents and elders. Voted up.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      What a great hub! Seriously a child's laugh is the most precious sound!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Christy, thanks for visiting. Humor needs to meet the age level of the child and sometimes it is inappropriate if it is misunderstood by them. Glad you enjoyed it.

      Whonu, yes, laughter is a vital part of life and makes handling those tough situations a little easier. Thanks for you visit.

      Mary, I love to hear babies laugh as they enjoy the surpises with peek-a-boo. Enjoy the love! Thanks for your visit.

      Michele, sixteen year olds do that, don't worry -- she will value the time spent with you as she grows older. Thanks for coming in for a visit. Blessings.

      Jainismus, Thank you for your positive reflection of the hub and the support. Take care.

      Angela, I can't think of anything more beautiful than the sound of a child's laughter. Thank you for coming in for a visit. I value your opinion on this hub. Blessings.

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      scrapbookingfun 5 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

      My 6 year old son has just recently discovered the joys of practical joking....let that sink in, Lol. He is one half of a set of twins. I have said often in the past few months that my challenge as a Mother ,is to teach him how to enjoy his sense of humor, without driving people away! He is a complete joy to me. Others not so much ,when they hear him say...." OH YAH!", right before the smack on the butt.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Scrapbookingfun, enjoy the six year old humor, it is wonderful at this age. They do tend to get a little much, but they are learning that humor is a great skill that helps them socially and emotionally. I am chuckling at the "OH YAH!" Thanks for the comment and visit. Be well and safe.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      There is no greater joy for a mother/grandmother to hear her children and grandchildren laughing. It is very contagious for sure. Once we get started, it is so hard to stop. I do believe it is one of the best remedies to cure whatever is ailing one. It is very obvious that you are a gifted teacher!!! This hub is so informative and well thought out. Love it! Thank you for taking your time and putting your heart into this hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      It makes so much sense, teaches, to begin imbuing small children with the importance of fun, laughter and humor in their lives. Thanks for reminding us.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Faith, it is great medicine and lasts forever! Thanks for your kind support and comments. Be blessed!!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Drbj, laughter is such a great thing to teach young children. It does help them to cope with life better. Thanks and so glad to have your continued support. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Scrap booking, love that six year old humor! Thanks for the support and visit here. Be well and safe.

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      traslochimilano 5 years ago from USA

      Wow, this is real fantastic hub. Laughing is must for everyone because it's beneficial to remove stress.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Your hub is awesome. Laughter is the best medicine and the most effective. Developmental stages of humor chart is very informative. Never knew this before.As you say humor should be positive, this is very improtant.Voted up very useful and inforamtive.

      Saw the video, very cute. The kids look so beautiful when they smile. I guess this is what they call "innocense of a child".

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      Sturgeonl 5 years ago

      I will often use humour and jokes to develop critical thinking skills in students. A lot of higher-order thinking needs to occur to understand jokes. Great hub and a topic that can not be understated for its benefits! Voted up and awesome!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Hearing a child laugh is like the song of rain... music to the soul.. Laughter helps forget pain was a study I did a long time ago as a student of psychology and the hours I spent in the hospital wards making people laugh was well worth it. Laughter is indeed the best medicine and painkiller too :) Thanks for sharing this. I love this hub. Have a great day.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      My kids have apparent sense of humor. My girl loves the "why chicken cross the road" jokes, and my son loves those word puns. Great hub, especially the table. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you traslochimilano. I agree, laughter is a must for all of us and helps get us through those tough times.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Vellur, thank you for your positive support and insightful comments. I agree, the innocent child attitude is such a delight to have in life.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, sturgeionl! Your students must love your teaching style and I am sure they learn better as a result. Yes, humor is a developmental part of our lives, it advances with age. Thans for the input and your sweet visit.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love your reflection, sofs! Yes it is music to the soul to hear a child's laughter. I am sure those you cared for were blessed by your humor and relieved from their painful situation. I am so glad you stopped in and shared this with us. Blessings.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hi, formosangirl! We went through that chicken crosses the road joke soooo man times also. Then it was the duck, the turtle, the elephant, etc. Ha,ha, ha.. thanks for the memory! Enjoy your sweet kids and laugh along with them, it's priceless!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Great stuff! :) Just in time for summer when parents and grandparents get to spend more time with their funny kids. This hub is already generating great comments. I foresee an award of some type. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Rtalloni, good to see you today! Awww, thanks so much for the positive encouragement. I am just glad that people will get some helpful information on raising those sweet children. You take care of yourself and have a laugh on my today!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Some kids are naturally funny and filled with humor, others are not. It must then be taught and instilled. You have offered great ways to do that. I am so thankful that my boy has an innate joyfulness and sense of humor. I never did when I was young and really do not even now. I make myself be funny and it really does relieve stress, worry and other issues. Thank you for this great and useful reminder that children are to enjoy and be enjoyed.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You must have been able to role model humor to your child in order for him to have captured the skill. Good job, Hyphenbird! Some children must be taught the skill, especially those who may have some type of disorder. Thanks for the added wisdom to the hub topic. Thanks for visiting, I always enjoy chatting with you. Take care.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love to hear the laughter of children. When my son first laughed, it was such a joy; he was such a happy little fellow growing up. This is a great article. Your development chart is especially interesting.

      And I was sooo pleased to read your warning to parents about clowns. I was always afraid of clowns -- not coulrophobic, but almost. People don’t understand that not everyone – especially, young children – think clowns are funny or wonderful…they can be pretty scary to some.

      Excellent hub, teaches; voted up. :-)

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Extremely interesting hub. Laughter truly is the best medicine regardless of age.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Genna, I am so happy to hear your laughter! I know of some incidents where clowns have caused fear in children, and some adults still do not like clowns as a result. But, appropriate humor is always a good thing. Thanks for the reflection and add on to the topic. Have fun today!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We agree on that one -- laughter will help just about anything pass on quickly. Thanks for stopping by, breakfastpop. Enjoy your day, keep us laughing (in spite of the politics!)

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Haha, I love this. It is absolutely adorable. Laughter is the best medicine for sure. When I really laugh out loud, I feel healthy and energized!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I don't know how I missed this hub when it was first published but I'm glad I found it. Humor is a wonderful topic and you have included such important information. This hub made me laugh just seeing the children's faces. We should all be more childlike. Up and awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love a good joke that will get me laughing hysterically -- it feels great. Thanks for the comment and visit, Skarlet. Have a good laugh today, it's healthy.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad you did find it and came in for a visit, Pamela. It's so wonderul being around children when they are having a good laugh, it's infectious and healthy. Thanks for your support and votes. Keep laughing!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love to see children happy and laughing, as they are in the video. Thank you for the reminder about how important laughter is to us all, especially children!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad you enjoyed the hub and the video. I included it because it was a good example of children's joke telling, but also because I loved hearing the babies laughter. Thank you, Alicia, for your visit, it's always a real pleasure to have you on a hub. Have a good laugh today!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Such innocence in this hub thanks to the innocent smiles and the various reasons that make kids smile and laugh. Priceless!

      Voted up indeed!!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I agree wholeheartedly, a child's laughter is priceless. It is always a real pleasure to see you in on a hub. Thank you for being so faithful and for your positive support. Have a great weekend.

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      What a beautiful hub! I work with teenagers, and though they don't laugh as much as small children, they definitely see humor in things that I have forgotten about. Kids are fun, and they remind us to have fun. Lovely.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Teens have a great sense of humor, a little more advanced and wittier from the experience but so enjoyable. Thanks for visiting and your added comment to the hub, stephaniedas. Have a great weekend!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      There is nothing more heartning than the laughter of children and grandchildren. Their laughter can be so infectious. I enjoyed reading your hub

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am happy you enjoyed reading this hub, Rosemay50. Yes, it is one that reminds of just how wonderful laughter is in children. Thank you for coming in, I appreciate your support.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      Laughter is so incredibly important and the laughter of a child is precious. I actually found the dead bird joke to be pretty funny. I mean it was slightly on the morbid side but still funny.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I know, that dead bird has some humor to it, she tells it with real zest too! What would we do without laughter in our lives? Thanks for stopping in, Joelipoo. Your presence here is always a welcome sight. Have a great day.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      What an amazing and thorough hub! I love the graph with information on what stimulates laughter at different ages. So helpful! This is not only useful for parents, but anyone else who has small children in their extended family or who works with them in church or other volunteer settings.

      Voted up and up, and shared!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Laughter develops in stages, and some people learn to use it quite well as a teaching tool (such as the group settings you mentioned). The graph can help a parent understand and teach appropriate developmental humor to children. Your added wisdom is of great value to me and I am glad that you made some valuable suggestions regarding the topic. Thank you, Marcy!

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      I enjoyed reading this hub, it has been awhile since I have been around young kids and have forgotten the stages they go through with developing a sense of humor. They will laugh without being self conscious. As adults or perhaps teens we are so worried about what other people think. This is one of the reasons it is so important to instill this into children at home, it gives them so much more self confidence.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Yes, Blond Logic, you have mentioned a very important fact. As adults, we tend to lose some aspects of humor and forget how useful it can be in breaking ice, helping someone else and to relieve stress. Thanks for the added insight to the topic. I am honored by your visit and comments. Be well and safe.

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Nothing warms my heart as children's laughs. It's music for the soul and it reminds me what is truly important in life. Nice hub! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, Robie, for commenting and visiting the hub. It is music for the soul and yes, so important in life. Enjoy your evening and keep laughing!

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      donnaMhicks 5 years ago

      Children are so funny! Two of my kids were very dramatic in their (attempted)explanations as to how something happened or whatever they did to get in trouble. It was often difficult to keep a straight face during their explanation. My daughter is now getting paid back - her son is even more dramatic and comical as he attempts to explain his way out of whatever he is in trouble for. My daughter gets frustrated; I laugh at both of them.

      Great hub - voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Donna, how sweet and adorable of your children and grandchildren. It is this type of humor that keeps us enjoying life. Thanks for your vote of support and your kind visit. Enjoy your evening.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      to me Children's laughter is like hearing angles singing.. it is the most magical and beautiful sound ever.

      God bless you for writing this..

      I am sharing

      Debbie

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      taw2012 5 years ago from India

      teaches, this is a great hub. A child's laughter gives more pleasure to our mind than what a rain could give to a desert. Nice hub. Voting up with lot of smiles :):):):)

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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      Hey teaches12345

      You really have the gift of teaching! I love this hub - it is so beautifully and clearly written. Now I am understanding some of the little children that I meet - thank you so much teaches12345!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      When a child laughs, the world laughs with them. Oh they give me so much joy. It spreads and is very contagious. Thumbs up for such an uplifting hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you, Deborah for stopping in for a visit and for sharing. Children laughing do sound like angels singing don't they? How sweet a thought. Be blessed today and continue the laughter!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Taw, I like your poetic thought on this: what a rain could give to a desert -- how true! Thanks for coming over to see what was happening here. I appreciate your votes and smiles! Stay true and well.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am honored by your comment, Charlotte. As a fellow hubber, it means much to me. I am glad it was interesting and gave you some insight into the laughter of children. Be blessed today.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love that contagious feeling and it just fills your life and soul with so much excitement and joy. Thanks for your supportive comments, Ripplemaker. Blessings!

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      Bahin Ameri 5 years ago from California

      You always write such well-written and well-researched hubs. I don't have any children of my own but I will definitely pass this along to all my friends who do. And actually, the benefits of humor and laughing you mentioned are applicable to people of all ages. Thank you for reminding me to laugh and have fun. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad to see you, blawger. Your kind comments and supportive votes always encourage my writing efforts. Thank you! You are so right, humor is a necessary part of a well balanced life, no matter how old you are. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Keep laughing, it will add years to your life.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A good article but I found the chart really helpful. It explains why my almost-three nephew just babbles on sometimes and laughs a lot. I guess it's better than babbling on and making everybody feel sad, which is what politicians do. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      What makes a child laugh, i like the research, keep writing

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Alocsin. Sorr for the delay in responding to your comment, our internet was out again. Your humor was much needed today! Yes, maybe politicians need advice on what's age appropriate as well! Thanks for the support and visit. You are so encouraging to me.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks girishpuri, for the visit and nice comment. Glad you enjoyed the read on the hub. Take care.

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      This is such an interesting hub! You have done an excellent job with this! I especially liked the developmental chart here. This reminded me of my own children's cute sayings--I have journals where I recorded things they said that I wanted to remember. Voted up! Interesting!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You surely know how to enjoy life and I am sure your children have absorbed your sense of humor. Keep those little treasures as they will always bring a smile to your heart. Thank you for your support and votes on this hub topic. I appreciate your insight and wisdom on the hub topics. Take care and keep laughing!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      My daughter appears to be right on her humor development level. She loves joke books, and repeats them all the time!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I love that stage of humor in children. We bought so many joke books for our child and grandchildren over the years, and as a result, we have heard countless jokes. We laugh at all of them too! Thanks, Angela, for visiting and I appreciate your leaving a comment. Take care.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      There's just nothing like laughing with your grandkids! I really enjoyed this hub. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Glad you stopped in, habee! Laughing is one thing that binds us together no matter what the age. THanks for your supportive vote and comment. Be well and safe.

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      teacher, Great Hub ... "Laughter does good like medicene." You just expounded on this truth from God's word. The developmental stages of humor is so interesting. Your video made me laugh .. thank you for an awesome reminder of the importance of laughter in our lives. Voted up and awesome!

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Mekenzie! As the Good Book says, laughter is good for the soul! I laughed at the video jokes too, especially the baby laughs. Thanks for your visit and votes of support. Keep smiling and laughing!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      This hub is definitely an eye catcher with information and comedy! I love the video of jokes and baby laughs you gave; a great way to start my day! The table you gave on different forms of humor at different ages is definitely useful. My niece and nephew are always full of spunk!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It is such a great boost to your day when you can be around those loveable kids, like your niece and nephew. Things are never dull! I love watching that video too, the laughter is contagious. Thanks for stopping by, KDuBarry, I so appreciate your support. Have a great weekend.. looking forward to your next hub.

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      It often surprises me how kids can get really funny without even trying! And when we adults start to laugh at their jokes or silly antics they immediately feel glad for bringing a smile to our faces! Such wonderful angels! BTW, I agree with what you said, "Also, a warning to parents, clowns at parties or large, moving, cartoon characters are not always viewed as funny." I have seen young kids get spooked at the sight of mascots in children's parties! They cry, they freeze and just stop enjoying the party altogether.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Children always show their funny sides. Their simple talks are a great pleasure.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Kerlynb, I agree with you, kids bring out the joy in all of us! Those clowns are not always a good thing to have a young children's parties. I too have seen many children end up with a tearful departure from the event. thanks for your visit and support

      Hello Vinaya! Yes, children have a great way of showing us simple pleasure just by laughing. Thanks for your sharing on this hub topic. BE well and safe.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      I like playing Abbott and Costello with children. Rememver "Who's on first?" When they try to explain something to me I go in a different direction. For example when they try to explain a horse I start asking questions about dogs. At first they get very frustrated, but when they learn how ewe do it, it is their favourite game.

      God bless you

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Teacherjoe, I love that Abbott and Costello dialogue. It is a classic! I can see the humor and interest of your game. I will have to try that on my grandkids. Thanks for your added insight to the hub. I enjoyed your visit. God bless you richly.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Love it!!! Thank you!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Angela, glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit. Have a good one!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      You have an important message in this hub and humor is a great way to interact with everyone, especially children since it comes so natural for them. I love my daughters humor and I have many lovely memories from her early years. Children just know how to use humor and seek the funny things in life. It is a pleasure to follow a child and see how their humor follow them through the years. But as you write we must also know when not to use humor! Voted up, interesting, and shared!

      Tina

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love listening to the funny stories and jokes children tell. I agree that following a child's growth in humor through the years is quite amusing. So glad that you have those memories, Thoughtforce. I appreciate your comments and visits. It's always a pleasure to hear from you. Thanks for the vote and for sharing. Have a great week!

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      ahmed.b 4 years ago from Sweden

      Collective Laughing is a way to connect and brighten the family life. A good sense of humor also can make kids smarter, healthier, and better being able to face the challenges. Liked your hub. Thanx for sharing good info.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ahmed, great insight on humor's ability to increase health and intelligence. So glad you stopped in here and that you enjoyed the hub. Take care out there.

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      Carlos Catatonia 4 years ago from new orleans, louisiana

      My son impersonates people, he has a really good memory and he will impersonate me or my wife. He makes me laugh all the time.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Carlos, looks like you have a rising star in the family! Enjoy his humor, it is so wonderful and reflects a good upbringing. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Be blessed in your day's journey.

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      DON BALDERAS 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this hub. I just hope to learn some more from you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for coming by here, Don. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I'm so glad this was shared because there is nothing sweeter sounding to me than when my daughter laughs. She is the queen of knock knock jokes and even if they are not the funniest, we have to laugh because she is laughing so hard! We also love watching the Diary of a Wimpy kid movies. She reads those books over and over again. What a great hub that put a smile on my face today!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      I so enjoyed this hub and can't wait to share it with many. It has been one of my greatest pleasures in life to teach my girls knock knock jokes and here them share them with others. There is something so satisfying about telling a good joke and getting a laugh. Our family makes a point of leaving joke books one the coffee table so the kids can learn a joke or two doing reading time. I also appreciate your mention of focusing on the positive rather then mean spirited jokes. Well done as always!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This was a lovely hub, I remember laughing silly with my son when he was tiny! He had the most infectious laugh it always started us all screaming with laughter, really made me smile, thanks! voted and tweeted, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glimmer,

      Thundermama,

      Nell,

      I am glad this topic was an enjoyable read for you. I was just talking with my grandkids the other day and the jokes they share are a bit meaningless to me, but the laughter in telling them is infectious! Enjoy life and laugh often.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We often are not conscious of these moments but reading your hub made me remember those fun times more with grand kids recently.

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