Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hey, That's Not Funny

Ask any parent anywhere what their favorite sound is and they'll tell you: the sound of my child(ren)'s laughter. Well, first they'll tell you the sound of silence is their favorite, but then, pressed for an actual sound, they'll say the laughter of kids. And isn't that the truth? Is there nothing better than knowing your children are happy by the sounds of squealing and giggling and all-out guffawing?

Yes and no. For all you new parents out there, you should understand that there is good laughter and bad laughter. In case your kid is so new that you need help discerning the two, here are some suggestions.

Good laughter is laughing at:
  • Funny faces made by parents
  • Knock-knock jokes
  • The Marx Brothers
  • Tickling
  • Urf!
  • Farts

Bad laughter is laughing at:
  • A sibling getting hurt
  • Hurting a sibling
  • Mommy's tantrums
  • The Holocaust
  • Daddy's bank statement
  • Two and a Half Men

So encourage your offspring to laugh, because it truly is the best medicine (sick kids, not funny), but be aware of what they're laughing at. And remember what Alan Alda said, "If it bends it's funny, if it breaks, it's not funny."