As parents we can take ourselves so seriously. We can be too serious, stern even, quick to react with anger, with frustration.
We used to pride ourselves on our sense of humour, on our ability to have fun and enjoy ourselves, so what happened to that person?
When we have children it sometimes feels like our sense of humour disappears too, but it doesn’t. I promise. We just need to lighten up.
Our kids are funny little people, and sometimes the best thing to do when things are going crazy is to react with laughter, react with amusement, with appreciation at their emerging humour. Not anger, or irritation.
And it’s hard to hear the humour sometimes, it’s hard to not dread the school pick up if you’ve had a bad run recently. It’s hard to turn things around if there are expectations on every side of frustration, and learnt negativity. It’s actually our job, as parents, to find a way to turn a negative habit of behaviour around to a positive one, and humour is a way to do this.
So ‘Lighten Up’ this week, and find some humour around your home, and in your interactions with your kids.