Always Leave Them Laughing – Parenting with Humor

My seven year old and I are often rushed in the morning. I let him sleep as long as possible because, well… I enjoy the peace and quiet. Plus, I’m not a morning person. So we take every extra minute of sleep we can get.

Sometimes the rush makes him crabby. He’s only a first grader so I do a lot of repeating about putting on the shoes, brushing the teeth, putting on the coat, turning off the tv, you get the idea.  Just call me a broken record.

The one thing I’ve started every morning is give him a reason to smile when he’s grumpy and rushed. Apparently my sleep deprived, half hung over, make up smeared face isn’t enough, so I’m telling jokes. This way when he gets on the bus he’s not taking his grouchiness with him to school. Instead he’s giggling all the way to the bus. I know he’s repeating the jokes to the bus driver because she looks out the window and is smiling and waving (and I can see him stopping to talk to her on his way to his seat).

Last week’s jokes were“school” themed. I’m not an expert joke teller so I’ve been using my iPhone to look up jokes online while we wait for the bus and I have a page of school jokes bookmarked. This week I’m moving to farm jokes.

laughter is the best medicine

Here are some the jokes I’ve told so far:

Q. What do you do if a teacher rolls her eyes at you?

A. Pick them up and roll them back!

Q. Why didn’t the skeleton go to the school dance?

A. He didn’t have any BODY to take!

Q. Why did the boy throw the clock out the window?

A. He wanted to see time FLY!

Q. What do you call the boy with the dictionary in his pocket?

A. A smartie pants!

The goal in this is to start even our rushed and grumpy days on the lighter side and with giggles to go.

What are some of your favorite kid jokes?

Get Psyched with an Energy Mantra

On the days when things feel really rough (and let me tell ya, I’ve had some rough days lately), it’s all I can do to drag my happy butt out of bed in the morning. Low energy, low motivation and stress have been tempting me back under the covers. Unfortunately I can’t always report for the day from bed.

Get Psyched with an Energy Mantra

But how do you find the energy and motivation you so desperately need?

A mantra, or simple chant, holds a subliminal power that when used properly lift your spirit and guide you towards your ultimate goals. Finding the energy to keep going needs to come from within yourself and a simple mantra can help do just that.

Consider an energy mantra as your one stop, all day source of energy. Put your desired energy mantra in place and use it when you feel the strain of the day or run low on motivation.

Discovering Your Energy Mantra

Mantras aren’t long winded verse. They are short phrases or even one word that symbolizes something of importance to you. Adjectives that can frame and describe your feelings and words that call you to action are best for a mantra. What feelings or strengths are you trying to achieve?

Create a list of words or feelings that move you positively or reflect the kind of energy you want to have and put a few selections together to form short mantras that you can conjur up and repeat when you need a boost of energy.

Some of my favorites mantras include:

  • Breathe
  • Gratitude (That’s my bracelet in the picture above!)
  • Just keep swimming
  • This too shall pass
  • Keep moving forward (which is just another version of just keep swimming. Man that Walt Disney guy was smart!)

Choose words that hold a meaning. They should uplift you and give you a kick of motivation or inspiration. You may want to write your mantras down or even program them into your cell phone so that you don’t forget them.

Psyching yourself up when you’re down can feel like a little silly in the beginning but once you have a couple of mantras in place to repeat and practice during those low times are the boost needed to move through whatever is weighing you down.

What mantras keep you moving forward when you run low on energy?

Four New Year’s Resolutions you have to break in 2013

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By now you’ve had time to do a gut check and figure out that most of your resolutions were made in a mid New Year’s drunken celebration. You’re neither ready, nor willing to go to the gym or give up your Facebook time.

With those harsh realities facing you, what’s a mom to do?

Break the resolutions. That’s right sister, know when to make em and know when to break em. Turn them into something you won’t feel guilty about actually keeping:


Here are four resolutions that get a Mommy Needs a Break Makeover.

Work Harder

Do you really want to run yourself ragged? I’m willing to bet you worked your fanny off last year and not only did you not feel rewarded but you felt used up and cranky. No one likes a cranky mommy. Work smarter this year. Delegate what jobs or tasks you can (especially if you’re a small business owner or freelancer) and focus on the tasks that mean the most. The minions kids can do more chores, help in meal time making, and whatever tasks you can pass along that don’t put them in danger or get CPS called on you.

Drink Less

Who are you kidding? That glass of wine every night is every much for your sanity as it is those around you. In fact, I’m ashamed that you would even think this is a good idea. Sometimes you just have to know when to keep a good thing going. I’m not even going to dignify this one with a replacement resolution.

Spend less time online

Don’t make me laugh. How would we even communicate then? This is akin to “unplug more” which you know is nearly impossible. Spend more time laughing – C’mon, you know that Facebook meme was hilarious and you know you want to share it. So go on, get your giggle on and send that meme my way!

Join a club

I actually love the idea of joining a club but what’s better than that? Start your own club. Be it books, wine, cheese of the month, or a mommy club, why not make your own? Not only will you still get the satisfaction of belonging to something but you’re in charge of it, meaning you can help it grow in the direction you envision.