I raised a bunch of pranksters, and everyone can see,
My kids are cheeky so-and-so’s, all trying to be me,
They still need work on timing, and respecting boundaries,
Instead they think their humour, will just be well received.
Read the room, my young ones, know your audience,
So that what’s produced is not their’s or your tears,
An impish spirit’s fine, but please show respect to your peers,
The goal is generating joy, when gloominess appears.
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I am a father of four beautiful, free spirited kids. They each have very unique personalities, but the one key thing that they all share, is probably their appetite for being playfully cheeky, which I’d attribute to having a daily dose of my sense of humour over the years. I could well have become a stand up comedian, had I felt it was my calling.
My kids however, still have a ways to go with things like tact; knowing when to call it a day, and not take things too far; or imagining they were going to be on the receiving end and adjusting the intensity of their words, angle, or delivery accordingly, to get the right balance.
They do make me, my Wife, and each other laugh often, but sometimes their efforts in this regard crash and burn too, so I thought I’d conjure an insightful piece to help point them (and any other kids, and let’s be fair, adults, in the same boat) in the right direction.
To all the comedic apprentices out there, laughter is an important medicine, but as we all know, medicine can be harmful when it’s not used in the right manner or circumstances. Humour is a precious commodity, with a delicate nature. Comedy genius comes from being intuitive, speaking without malice, and painting the audience’s World in a lighter hue.
Love and Respect always,
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