This isn’t what I was thinking when I searched for an image to go along with my post, but it does address what I’m saying. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Queen of England yucking it up with her kid, but there it is.
As we continue to look at parenting this week, I can’t help mentioning the subject of laughter and humor. Parenting is no laughing matter, but if you don’t have a good sense of humor, you will soon wind up in the loony bin along with a lot of other parents.
I remember an occasion when I’d purchased some yummy looking cream puffs as a special treat for the family. They burned a pretty good hole in the weekly budget. Upon the first bite, it was obvious that they weren’t as good as they looked. What ensued would raise some eyebrows. I don’t know who exactly started it, but whipped cream was flying all over the place and cream puff shells became ballistic missiles. We eventually took the hilarious pie slinging outside, but in the meantime our dog was having a blast in the house with the uneaten dessert.
This isn’t something I’d normally condone, but we laughed and laughed for quite a while during and after this episode. It was spontaneous, genuine laughter that left our sides and faces hurting.
I’m not advocating food fights, but I strongly encourage laughter in your home. It’s good for kids to see your humorous side – your ability to have fun – your humanity. Of course there still has to be that balance of being the one in charge or the family clown.
It makes us feel good to laugh. There’s nothing like the sound of a child’s laughter, other the toothless guffaw from an older adult. Somewhere in between, we sometimes forget the power of a good laugh.
Our world is too full of pain, trials, misunderstandings, hatred, fear and every other negative out there. So much energy is spent on it, that there’s barely time for a good belly laugh. When we get mired in the humdrum of the every day, no amount of Botox is going to lift that face.
There are days when you think you’ll never survive. There are bills to pay, teeth to straighten, educations to plan for – did I mention bills to pay? The investment is huge, but the end result is more than worth it.
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When God is at the head of the family, we’re giving our children the roots they need to stand firm against adversity, courage to live each day with confidence, the hope of a never ending life and wings to someday fly straight to heaven where we will all be reunited again.