Kids are goofballs. I mean really, they are completely and truly certifiably silly. Most of the time they crack themselves up over things we don’t even understand. My son of course finds nothing more humorous than any kind of gross sounding bodily noise.
Then there is my daughter who is the queen of funny faces. She has an expression for emotions I’m not sure some of us even know we have. She also has true comedic timing; the girl just knows precisely the right moment to launch a subtle zinger or a gotcha comment.
But here’s my question for you, do you know how many times you’ve laughed out loud in the last week? Maybe a handful of times if you’re lucky. How about the last time you laughed so hard you cried or couldn’t catch your breath?
How does that happen?
I mean when exactly do we grow out of this spontaneous sense of fun that our kids possess? We rarely if ever sit around with our friends randomly sticking our tongues out at one another and looking at each other cross-eyed. And while I do acknowledge even grown men still have some appreciation for fart jokes and the like, they partake in such amusements much more on the sly or vicariously through movies and TV shows.
A multitude of studies have proven the health benefits of laughter. According to the Discovery channel website, laughing can boost our immune system, lower blood pressure, help our heart. Heck, it can even help us lose weight. So what is our problem? I bet most of us, as much as we would hate to admit it, often find our kid’s goofiness annoying.
Yes, as adults and as parents, our lives are busy and rushed and stressful. Oh, but guess what, that is something else laughter can help – stress. Bottom line, I’m thinking maybe it’s time to lighten up a bit and laugh more.
Here Are TEN EASY Ways To Be Silly And Laugh More With Your Kids
1. Have a Silly String Fight
2. Tell Jokes Together
3. Watch Funny Videos on YouTube – These are some of our favorites!
4. Play Some Games That Make You Laugh
5. Show Off Your Funky Dance Moves
6. Sing Silly Songs
7. Try Some Tongue Twisters
8. Take Silly Photos with Props
9. Play Minute to Win It Games
10. Take On Some Silly Challenges
Try to lick your elbow with your tongue
Who can blow the biggest bubble
Say the A,B,C’s backward
How many marshmallows can you fit in your mouth
Balance a spoon on your nose
I can only guess that the loss of our kids’ silly factor is gradual process, and most likely we parents play a major role in its demise. So, the next time your son wants to sing you a song with slightly off lyrics or your daughter tells you a joke with a punch line that makes no sense, try to re-connect with your own inner child and not only find the funny from their perspective, but join in!
Here are some other great ways to spend fun time together as a family:
Do you have any ways that your family likes to be silly and laugh together?