Some days, communication between parents and children goes like this:
“Wash your hands!” “Did you find the other shoe?” “I need the permission slip signed today!” “Don’t yell at your sister!” “Where’s my homework?” “I signed that permission slip yesterday!” “Did you check under the table?” “Are you really going out looking like that?” “Can you drive me and Madison to the mall now?” “If you want to cry, I’ll give you something to cry about!” “He started it!” “I SAID DON’T YELL AT YOUR SISTER!” and the winner: “If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?”
Life is busy, and instructional conversation makes up the majority of parent/child communication on an average day.
Here are some reasons to slow down, take a few deep breaths, and add some playful conversation — liberally sprinkled with laughter — to your communication:
- Laughter releases endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormones that boost your mood. Everyone is happier when the people around them are happier!
- Laughing with your children creates special memories. When they are all grown up, the happy times will be recalled with great ease, due to laughter’s imprint on the brain!
- Laughter releases tension. No explanation necessary — we all have pent up stress to release!
- Laughter facilitates an atmosphere of trust. The effects of laughter last far longer than the actual minutes spent having fun together; the positive interaction increases the trust people feel in one another.
Studies demonstrate that the average child laughs over 300 times per day, while the average adult laughs only 15 times daily!
Let’s commit to increasing the laughter in our interaction with our children.
Yesterday, as I prepared this article, I decided to search youtube for funny clips for us to watch together. This baby, who has already been featured on the Today Show, had us in stitches! What do you do to add laughter to your family?