Children don’t come with instructions and neither does parenting. You have to figure it all out as you go along. One thing all parents should be made aware of from the very beginning is that you can’t take any of it too seriously. Perhaps hospitals, midwives and adoption agencies should make all parents sign a waiver saying that they understand the following…
WARNING: Parenting without a sense of humor can be dangerous to your mental health.
It doesn’t matter how seriously you take yourself before becoming a parent, you will have to embrace laughing at yourself if you want to remain sane-ish once you have kids. Without a sense of humor, you will end up crying a lot. That’s not to say that you won’t ever cry as a parent, but if you embrace the funny, at least you’ll laugh after you cry. In case you didn’t know, a good laugh can be so restorative. Especially after an ugly cry.
Don’t believe me? Read on.
5 Times That Humor Will Make Parenting Easier Because…
When you’re at your wits end over potty training.
Potty training almost never goes as smoothly as you think it should even when you are certain your kid understands the concept and is ready. You could get mad or you could laugh, take pictures (that you’ll save for when your kid is a teenager and needs to be embarrassed) and remind yourself that barring any medical conditions there aren’t too many 30 year olds walking around still wearing pull-ups.
When you’re trying to get out of the house on time.
Come on, you know that one day you are going to laugh and laugh at the absurd reasons your kids made you late! Instead of waiting, laugh now.
When accidents happen.
That adorable little child of yours will put their stank on your clothes, your hair, your furniture, your everything. Suck it up and laugh in between gags.
Fortunately, humor is built into the whole experience. There will be times when you need to keep a straight face in front of your child, but you just can’t.
When it comes to keeping a tidy home.
Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to have a spotless home when you have kids; it’s not worth it. Just blame it on the kids and laugh it off.
How do you keep things in perspective as a parent? Do you agree on how important it is to have a sense of humor?