‘Daddy’s jokes’ teach kids to deal with embarrassment, study finds

Why “father jokes” are USEFUL: funny jokes teach children to survive embarrassment, scientists have found

  • Dad jokes help children learn to be embarrassed by their parents.
  • It hardens them because they understand that embarrassment isn’t so bad.

Try not to roll your eyes at daddy’s jokes – they can be an example of good parenting.

Dad jokes are important for helping children learn to be embarrassed by their parents, says expert researcher.

This hardens them, because they experience the embarrassment of their father, who makes a terrible pun, and understand that embarrassment is not so bad.

Mark He-Knudsen, humor researcher and head of the Cognition and Behavior Laboratory at Aarhus University, writes for British Psychological Society: “By teasing blows to the egos and emotions of their children, without turning into intimidation, fathers build resilience in their children and teach them to resist minor attacks and bouts of negative emotions without getting annoyed or playing, teaching them impulse control and emotional regulation.

“In light of this, it’s worth considering daddy’s jokes as a pedagogical tool that can serve a useful function for the very children who roll their eyes at them.

Experienced researcher claims dad jokes help children learn to be embarrassed by their parents (stock image)

Experienced researcher claims dad jokes help children learn to be embarrassed by their parents (stock image)

“By constantly telling their kids jokes that are so bad they’re embarrassing, fathers can push their kids into whatever embarrassment they can handle.

“They show their kids that embarrassment isn’t fatal.”

According to experts, most jokes about dads are puns, and completely harmless puns.

At best, instead of genuine laughter, they cause a polite laugh, and at worst, they make people moan and roll their eyes.

Hy-Knudsen states, “To all the dads who love to tell their kids dad jokes, don’t let their groans, eye rolls, or their palpable annoyance stop you.

“You’re upholding a long and glorious tradition, and your embarrassingly awful jokes might even work to their advantage.

“Keep repeating the same old hackneyed puns year after year.

“Through painful repetition you get the experience of the same old joke that goes through waves of unfunnyness and then becomes so unfunny that it becomes funny.

“One day you may hear your children spontaneously tell the same joke, perhaps when they become parents themselves.

“This, if nothing else, is concrete evidence that our contributions as parents really matter.

The Worst Offenders: 20 Punchy ‘Daddy Jokes’ Guaranteed to Make Moans and Heads Shake

  1. Elevators scare me… I try to avoid them.
  2. I got an email that said, “On Google Earth, we can even read maps backwards” and I thought… “This is just spam…”
  3. What is a person without legs called? Tony.
  4. My friends and I put together a group and called it 999 megabytes. Although there is still no concert.
  5. I entered the fight with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. The odds were against me.
  6. I dreamed of an ocean filled with orange soda. It was Fanta More.
  7. Just got to the hospital due to a peek-a-boo accident. They put me in intensive care.
  8. In college, I was so poor that I couldn’t pay my electricity bill. Those were the darkest days of my life.
  9. I went to the doctor with hearing problems. He said, “Can you describe the symptoms?” I said, “Homer is a fat dude and Marge has blue hair.”
  10. I told my wife, “When I die, I would like to die having sex.” She replied: “At least it will be fast.”
  11. I decided I wanted a house termite. I’ll call him Clint. Clint Itswood.
  12. So many people these days are too biased. I can tell just by looking at them.
  13. How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? 10 tickles
  14. “Dad, can you tell me what a solar eclipse is?” no sun
  15. I understand why Teslas are so expensive. Because they take a lot.
  16. Guess who I ran into when I went to get my glasses fixed? All.
  17. My wife blocked me on Facebook because I post too many bird puns. Well, toucan play this game.
  18. Have you heard about the new Origami Porn channel? This is just the paper look.
  19. I was very angry when I ran into my friend Mark who stole my dictionary. I said, “Mark, my words!”
  20. I used to make a lot of money removing leaves from gardens. I raked him.

Contributed by @dadsaysjokes on Twitter.