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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fool's Day - How To Do It Right

April Fool's Day is a holiday that inspires dread in some people, and unbridled glee in others. Children usually LOVE the holiday, so adults may do well to just get on board and enjoy their enjoyment. Like most things, however, this can also a learning opportunity.

Kids sometimes need to be taught appropriate ways to pull harmless pranks - and to find the right balance of silliness and tricks without hurting anyone's feelings. This is another way of developing strong social skills. Being funny and gently teasing is wonderful, as long as it is not at the expense of someone else. No one should feel hurt or harassed. This can be easier for some children than others, and there can be the occasion when there are social mishaps, and a child takes things just a bit too far. Pointing out what worked, and reminding children to listen and look for social cues is a must.

Role modeling appropriate pranks, and enjoying the tricks your child plays on you, is really important. Even if you have to sit on that goofy whoopy cushion and feign surprise for the millionth time.

Oh, and please leave those whoopy cushions at home tomorrow.

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