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Laughter – Your Child’s Best Medicine

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but how about a giggle a day? Laughing truly is the best medicine since it relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system and triggers the release of endorphins. All these help your baby’s development. Nothing is better than watching a child howl when something tickles his funny bone and it also is an indicator that your child knows how structures and patterns are supposed to work and that it’s funny when they don’t.

A supportive environment helps nurture your child’s sense of humor so it’s important to laugh at his early attempts at humor. Your laughter will in turn boost his confidence. A few tried and true tips on how to get your child giggling.

  1. Use an object in a way it was not intended -  Put your child’s pants on your head, wear a bowl for a hat, etc. Your child knows this isn’t the norm and it will set her off in a fit of laughter.
  2. Be silly – Do an over exaggerated dance, use a banana for a telephone, make a funny face. Your child will start belly laughing at your silliness and won’t be able to stop.
  3. Peek-a-boo – This age-old game takes on a new meaning when you make a big deal that you can’t see your child and then laugh along with him when he moves the blanket.
  4. I’m Going To Get You – Come up behind your toddler and exclaim “I’m going to get you!” She will try to get away, but will be laughing so hard she will end up in your arms instead.

What funny things do you do to help your child laugh? Share your laugh “medicine” with us and be sure to have a giggle-fest with your little one tonight!

Posted October 9, 2012

by MichelleH

13 Comments

13 Responses

  1. jessica schueler says:

    I just did the bowl on the head the other day with my nephew, I like to talk funny and dance around they all love it

  2. Jennifer says:

    I love this article! Thanks for all the great advice!

  3. carol lewis says:

    Yes, the grandkids love when I make faces at them and am silly. It is good for everyone!

  4. Rachel Ellis says:

    There is nothing better than the sound of a child’s laughter! I dance crazily around my kitchen while my son laughs hysterically at me. Thanks for the great article!

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  6. Kimberly says:

    I make funny faces and silly voices and it gets my kids laughing,

  7. Hesper Fry says:

    Great advice for a first time mom!

  8. Erica C. says:

    We love laughing! I like these tips.

  9. Rosanne says:

    It is worth every step because there is nothing more heartfelt and genuine than a babies giggles and laughter

  10. Saver Sara says:

    I make sons of silly faces and sounds and my son loves it.

  11. Mya Murphy says:

    Children’s laughter is contagious! I do not have kids of my own, but upon watching other children, I’m always doing crazy and fun antics!

  12. Lisa Fonseca says:

    Awesome suggestions! Hearing a baby laugh automatically makes everyone else laugh lol.

  13. Kellie Conklin says:

    Great article! I love hearing about the actual benefits of laughing! To make the kids I watch laugh I make their animals say funny things in a different voice.

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