Parenting with humour

When was the last time you had a real laugh?
You know ‘The laughter that makes your cheeks hurt , you try to catch your breath , are crying or rolling around on the floor in a state of ‘cannot move’.

Sure parenting can be one serious job . After all there are all those big decisions to make , the house to clean and run and who is going to run the world if your too busy laughing?
Having a sense of humour may not always make you a better parent, but you will most definitely enjoy your job a whole lot more if you know how to laugh more.

As tempting as it is some days to join in with your toddler when they throw themselves on the floor or slam the door and scream I hate you with your teenager. It’s not really going to help model appropriate behaviour plus you may get more than a few stares your way if you are out in public.

Some situations are not laugh in the moment ones but laugh at later ones that still manage to give our family a laugh or smile.

Having a sense of humour and raising your kids to have one can help them to be happier and more optimistic.
Let’s face it, having the ability to laugh things off in life and provide others with light humour in stressful situations is a good thing.

Taking the lead in situations that arise doesn’t always come naturally but using opportunities that arise can help role model humour to your children.

After being dragged from shop to shop on one of our recent shopping trips to purchase items for her older sisters upcoming school camp our Miss Moo (2) who was becoming tired and grizzly took the opportunity to lighten the situation by playing peekaboo amongst some clothes while laughing. As tempted as I was to tell her to stop as I too was ready to head home, I turned the situation into a game of tickle, which then meant instead of leaving the shop with a crying, struggling toddler under my arm we left the shop holding hands and walking.

For some people humour comes more naturally. Mr T+T (hubby) always has a joke to tell and is naturally witty. A great way to include humour with older kids is to purchase a few good joke books. One of our best family trips included jokes told by our eldest child from Koshies Joke book (sunrise presenter).

I thought it would be fitting to end this post with a joke just to encourage you to get your humour on.

    A joke just for you

    A few old couples used to get together to talk about life and to have a good time. One day one of the men, Harry, started talking about this fantastic restaurant he went to the other night with his wife. “Really?”, one of the men said, what’s it called? After thinking for a few seconds the Harry said, “what are those good smelling flowers called again?” “Do you mean a rose? the first man questioned. “Yes that’s it,” he exclaimed. Looking over at his wife he said, “Rose what’s that restaurant we went to the other night?”

    Enjoy the laughter
    Jules x

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