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Why your dad cracks bad jokes




Seven-year-old Abed Rahman Kanjou, left, plays with his father, Abdul Maman Kanjou, in their temporary housing in Pomona on Monday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2016.
Seven-year-old Abed Rahman Kanjou, left, plays with his father, Abdul Maman Kanjou, in their temporary housing in Pomona on Monday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2016.
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We’ve all experienced them. And yes, some of us are known to crack a few of them.

Dad jokes, as Urban Dictionary defines it, are incredibly cheesy and dumb jokes generated by dads for the kids.

But according to writer Heidi Mitchell, whose latest piece for the Wall Street Journal examines this subgenre of humor, these jokes aren’t just characterized by bad puns and eyerolls. They actually serve a function in bringing fathers and children closer together.

So are you yourself a perpetrator of dad jokes? Or does your own dad fit that bill? Call us at 866 893 5722 to talk about how humor works in your family.

Guest:

John D Rich, Jr., associate professor of Psychology at Delaware State University who frequently writes about parenting and education on his site, www.drjohnrich.com; author of the book, “Positive Parenting” (Lasting Impact Press; 2019)