I was voted the “Class Clown” my senior year in high school, and I like to find the humor in any situation I can.
If you asked my friends to pick a couple words to describe me, there’s a good chance funny would be one of them.
I mean, Not Your Average Mom started out as a humor blog.
So having a sense of humor is important to me.
But I often forget that sense of humor when it comes to parenting. It is so easy for me to be blind to the potential for humor in many situations and just get super angry/annoyed/frustrated!
If you find yourself in a challenging parenting situation, don’t forget your sense of humor! It can lighten up many of those situations where you are about to totally lose it on your kids, and it is often very effective in changing your kids’ behavior.
Obviously there are times when using humor isn’t appropriate.
If your daughter is running around with scissors or your son makes a mad dash for it in the middle of the parking lot or your kids are playing with knives and fire, then you aren’t going to make light of it.
But so many times using humor is appropriate. And effective!
The next time you are pushed to the brink, try one of these:
- when your kids are fighting, join in the mix, gently tackle them, and yell “Dogpile!!!” — that is sure to distract them.
- say something like “Here comes the tickle monster to get the kids who don’t put away their clothes!”
- when your kids are arguing, jump in as if you are a news reporter. “This is Mom here on the scene of a heated argument between Bobby and Susie. Bobby, can you tell us what happened?” (I have used this one many times. It diffuses almost every argument).
Parenting is often challenging, but it’s a little easier when you can utilize your sense of humor in those exasperating moments.
When you find yourself approaching freak out status today, remember to laugh and have fun!