We love dads who leave 'em laughing


How funny fathers make kids giggle


• My husband Tony is a "forever" 5-year-old who loves to make our three kids laugh. He loves to load the three kids onto our jogger stroller and take them for walks. The highlight of the walk is when they pass the street sign that is head level for Tony. Tony puts his hand up and hits the sign, making a BANG sound. When the kids hear the noise, they turn around and he grabs his head like he ran into it with his head. Of course he makes the "D'oh" sound like Homer Simpson. It is a family laugh every time.

Tracy of Oak Park, mom of Danielle, 6; Brianna, 5 and Casey, 3

• My sister and I have always sung in the choir in church. My dad would always pick the most serious moments to try and make us laugh, much to my mother's chagrine. One particular Sunday, we were sitting in the choir loft facing the congregation, able to see Daddy. The minister was just beginning his sermon. My dad started making hysterical faces at us, trying to make us laugh. We purposely looked the other way, knowing that if we started to laugh and were facing everyone, we would definitely get in trouble. What we didn't know was that the minister saw my dad, and took a couple minutes trying to collect himself, standing at the lecturn, while his face turned red and he pressed his lips together trying very hard not to laugh. It took him a few minutes before he could speak. I wonder what the other members of the congregation thought was happening?

Kim of Woodridge, mom of Alex, 7, and Greg, 4


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