By Patricia Morgan
“Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.” John Wilmot
Children laugh, creatively play and act silly, even making goofy faces. As a parent you have an opportunity to re-learn these three basic elements of living a joyful life. There is a growing industry of “educating” company employees to develop their sense of humour. In the meantime, you have the perfect teachers living at home with you - your very own fun toy, children.
Before you blurt out the big “but the job of being a parent is serious business” let me agree with you and add that you will cheer up your home if you take yourself less seriously. You will feel healthier and create more fond memories for your family and yourself.
All kinds of research supports the value of smiling, lightening up laughing more often. Laughing relaxes the muscular system, massages internal organs, doubles our heart rate, stimulates our nervous system, improves our lung capacity and is contagious. We know the pain is over when we smile or laugh. Plus a smile improves your appearance and is an effective way to connect.
To lighten your family atmosphere let your laughs rip and appreciate that problems are temporary. To have a sense of humour is to have the ability to see the bigger picture of life including contradictions and paradoxes. When we give up trying to be the perfect parent who has all the “right” answers we are more open to asking “Who will play Chuckle Belly with me?”
Here are some tips for adding some light hearted family moments:
Doodle, hum, dance, giggle, wiggle and snuggle with your children. Model that growing up is not just hard work but includes moments of playfulness, delight and smiles.
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