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The Latest Thing That’s Good for Kids’ Development: Dad Jokes?

Here’s one for you:  “Did you hear about the guy who got caught stealing a calendar?  He got TWELVE MONTHS.”  You can groan if you want, but “dad jokes” like that are actually GOOD for kids.

Dad jokes are usually wholesome, corny puns . . . and because they’re so soft, they’re sometimes criticized for being stupid and lame.

But a new study says that “dad jokes” actually have a positive effect on kids’ development.  The researchers say that when fathers embarrass their children with unfunny jokes, it teaches them how to overcome awkwardness.

Seriously . . . pushing your kids’ limits on how much embarrassment they can handle shows them that embarrassment is common, and not a big deal.

So keep repeating the same old stale puns, year-in and year-out . . . it’s your DUTY to your kids.  Like this one:  “Your mom asked me if you kids were spoiled.  And I told her, ‘No, I think most kids smell that way!’

The British Psychological Society
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