Parenting

How does humour help you be a better parent?

Amanda asks if employing humour can be a valuable parenting tool

I was lucky to have a really funny mom growing up. She was hilarious, and she would make my sister and I laugh until we cried. Whenever September was approaching, my mother would joke about how happy she was that my sister and I were finally going back to school. She would throw up her hands and sing “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”, much to our delight.

I recently asked on Facebook if anyone had ever used humour to help with a parenting situation. Turns out a number of you have! Here are some examples you gave us:

“Saying the opposite of what I want him to do — mainly eating his food. We say, ‘Don’t you eat those noodles! They’ll make you grow and I don’t want you to grow!’ and then it turns from a battle to a laughing family and empty plates.” –Kim

“We often sing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ to our kids. They don’t like it anymore, LOL, but it helps us. We also sometimes make a funny face at them when it’s getting too intense. Or grab them and swing them upside down to make them laugh instead of fight.” –Cindy

My niece was very sad over the loss of her grandmother and wouldn’t laugh or smile. I told her of the time my daughter was pooped on by a bird at the zoo and she began to laugh. Now whenever she is sad we say, ‘Remember when the bird…’ and it always makes her laugh and smile!” –Tara

I started talking like my five-year-old, whining and being bossy. She started laughing and stopped. We try to use it when we can.” –Rebecca

When my son ‘accidentally’ peed in the garbage can beside the toilet, it was the most ridiculous situation and I was horrified, but I didn’t want to create anxiety about it.” –Rhonda

Love these examples! What about you? Have you ever turned a tense parenting situation into a funny one by using humour?

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