Being silly is serious business in our family. Whether modeling the latest fashion in mopheads or baring our lower teeth and grunting like bears, we are always goofing around. It is such a wonderful release and keeps us from taking ourselves too seriously. (Although there's little risk of THAT in this house!) This, along with great communication, is the lifeblood of our marriage. How can I stay mad at someone who lovingly calls me "Horsebreath"? (My name for him is "Moosebreath"!)
Being able to let down our hair (or mop strings, as the case may be) has made our home a safe place. Humor is helping us to model healthy ways to handle the many stresses caused by cohabiting with humans who share our last name and/or DNA. Through (and sometimes in spite of) all our craziness, our children are learning:
- that it's not the end of the world when they mess up;
- to laugh at themselves; and
- how to laugh with others instead of at them.
And humor benefits more than the kids. Sometimes, laughing is the only way to stay sane when your toddler does this. Or your school-aged kids do this.
e.e. cummings said it well:
"The most wasted of all days
is one without laughter."