Don Shomette

People are the Prize

How To Teach Our Kids to be Funny

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We teach kids lots of things, but I’ve never heard anyone teach kids how to be really funny. And this is a skill that is desperately needed. Not only for their sake, but for our sake since lots of kids think they’re funny but they’re really not. If you’re not sure how to teach a lesson in humor, here’s a sure fire trick to always telling a great joke.

It’s really simple and here it goes.

It’s not a great joke if everyone can’t laugh.


That’s right. If everyone can’t laugh it’s not a real joke. If there’s one person who found it crude, demeaning, or insulting, and they didn’t laugh, then it’s not humor and therefore by default it’s not a joke. This type of comedy, while it can get some giggles, is the lowest form of humor and is just plain lazy.

Come on, our kids can do better.

Let’s continue to encourage as well as teach excellence to our children. Excellence in academics, sports, arts, music, and telling jokes. Don’t accept anything but the best from them and be quick to tell them that if everyone is not laughing, it’s not funny.

Try again, but make it really funny.

Author: Don Shomette

Don Shomette is a trainer, speaker, consultant, and owner of People are the Prize, a violence prevention company that helps people to prevent and survive a school attack. He has spent a lifetime working with police officers and principals and is consistently evaluated by those who attend his trainings as one of the best instructors ever. Don challenges, entertains, and helps school personnel to think of preventing violence in a new and positive way.

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