DON’T BE A STIFF WITH THE KIDS. OKAY?
A fella shows up at his church and says to the priest, Father, I have three things to confess. I didn’t do my penance like you asked me to last week, I didn’t put any money into the poor box today, and I told my kid I don’t have time for his stupid jokes. Well, says the priest, let’s not get bogged down with all the religious stuff when you’re lousing up yer kid’s life!
Not that funny? But, you know what? That priest had a point. According to Dr Elena Hoicka (a developmental psychologist, University of Stirling, Scotland) you need to yuck it up some with your kids.
Here’s the thing.
Hoicks’s work shows it’s important to interact, using jokes and pretending. If you think you’re too much of a stiff to pull this off, there are even tips to help you loosen up (brandy?). Knowing how to joke, they say, helps kids make friends, deal with stress, and think creatively.
Does MISTER SASB think this is crazy important science? Is this what Einstein WISHED he could do?
Tell me this. How could it hurt?
Thanks (again) xkcd for the image:
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