In my opinion, as a parent you need a great sense of humor. Whether it's laughing through ridiculous circumstances or finding the funny during a toddler tantrum, laughter truly is the best medicine. Another upside to motherhood? The moment your kid tries to tell their version of a joke. They don't really understand the structure of a joke, let alone how to deliver a solid punchline, but they're usually funny nonetheless. So if you're a mom and your kid is 3 or 4 (or older), ask your kid to tell you a joke. I guarantee you, it will be worth your time.
I actually started thinking more about the comedy of parenthood and how naturally funny children are in recent days. For reasons unknown, my 4-year-old came home with a plethora of knock knock jokes. None of his jokes made any real sense, but they were drop dead hilarious to him (and, eventually, me). I didn't teach my son to say jokes, or encourage him to try out comedy as a hobby, but there he was: telling jokes and looking for a laugh.
In my experience, kids love to laugh and they love to laugh with other people, so I can't say I'm necessarily surprised that my son (or any kid) is a natural comedian. And thank goodness, right? Sometimes, as a parent, you have to find a way to laugh to keep from crying. So if you're in the parenting weeds, or have ever wondered about a 5-year-old’s sense of humor or what makes a 9-year-old laugh, check out these incredibly silly jokes from some hilarious kids: