“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” – Maya Angelou
Parenting is a tough job. It’s not always fun or easy and it might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word “humor”. But, you might just not realize how important it can be to model for your kids as a parent.
When writing Simply Be Your Magnificent Self! we laughed… a lot! We talked about how humor helped us through childhood challenges, and how even during times of sadness we held on to humor as a dear friend. We knew we had to address it in our book and help parents understand how important it is when raising children.
From a scientific standpoint, when a person laughs, chemicals in the brain – endorphins – are released. Endorphins make people feel good. They promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
So as parents, it’s important to use humor to add some levity to life. We know that laughter is not always a solution to life’s ills, but we certainly are aware that more of it is needed. Girls need to laugh. Jokes, riddles, and humor help to develop abstract thinking and relieve some of the pains that young women can endure as teens.
Here are some great ways to incorporate humor into your parenting:
- Tell your kids jokes
- Listen to their jokes
- Allow time for silliness, such as playing dress-up and other imaginative games
- Read funny books to your kids
- Help them to learn to laugh at themselves and their mistakes
- Ask each other what the funniest thing was that happened at the end of the day
- Watch funny movies together