Children And Laughter
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The Importance of Keeping Our Children
Research shows children laugh easily until about the age of 5 and then:
Peer pressure begins to appear
Responsibility begins to set in
And, as they grow older, laughter begins a steady decline
Grow up, Laugh Less: Why Is it So? – Life Inspiration Today, August 7, 2013
• In 2016-2017, 13.8 million children (or 18.8 percent of children) ages 0-17 years in the United States were reported to have a special health care need.
• Among children ages 3-17 who were reported as needing mental health services in the past 12 months, 80 percent received these services in 2016-2017.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration, October, 2018
Research and Articles
Have Children Forgotten How to Play????
Turn on the television to any children’s channel and within an hour you will be inundated with at least 20 advertisements for the latest and greatest toys. Most children, according to some independent surveys have at least 50 different toys in their rooms by the time they are 3 years of age, and the average US child receives at least 5 new toys every Christmas.
For Kids, Laughter Really May Be the Best Medicine
Humor is a very important component of emotional health, maintaining relationships, developing cognitive [brain] function and perhaps even medical health," senior study author Dr. Allan Reiss, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford, said in a university news release.
Children and laughter: A winning combination
Often when we think about children, we have a vision of fun, play and laughter. Play is learning for children and laughter is a big part of play. Michigan State University Extension offers programming for families that reinforce how laughter and humor are directly connected to a child’s development; humor can build a child’s vocabulary, reading skills and can assist with creative thinking.