Connection builds co-operation. Laughter can be used in many challenging situations with our children to make things go more smoothly. It’s also just good fun to laugh and connect. As the comedian Victor Borge said, ”laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
Getting out of the serious busy life of being adult and into the playful world of our child can transform our relationship. Whatever you’re struggling with right now, laughter is probably the answer!
Laughter has amazing benefits both physical and emotional. It lowers stress hormones, boosts endorphin (feel-good) hormone levels, improves the functioning of the immune system, and even ‘fake’ laughter has the same benefits. So even if you don’t feel like laughing, you can always ‘fake it, till you make it’ and laugh along with your child.
Laughter also improves the behaviour of your child. They’ll be less whiney and moany and less likely to act off track, simply because they feel better.
This is the first in what (I hope!) will be a series of playlistening (Giggle Parenting) inspiration posts. Simple ways you can bring more laughter into your day.
The last few days I’ve been eating a lot of ‘word muddle soup.’ After I’ve eaten it I start saying things like ”I’m going to put my frogs on,” instead of ”I’m going to put my shoes on” or ”I’m going to drink my pee pee” instead of ”I’m gong to drink my tea.” Then I’ll exclaim to my 4 year old daughter, ”Oh no! It must be that word muddle soup I ate, making all my words go muddled again.” She laughs and laughs. I think I forget how simple it is to make kids laugh, just say something, silly or make a mistake, and they love it.
Word-muddle soup could be just the recipe for a young child getting to grips with learning a language, or one who feel shy sometimes or has trouble speaking up. But many young children find it funny simply because they love it when adults are the ones making mistakes.
So if your day is dragging a bit, try some word-muddle soup, and season your day with lots of laughter.