Sometimes things can just get way too serious. Dinner’s on the stove, the phone is ringing, the dogs are barking….Calgon take me away! If you can’t take a bubble bath, do the next best thing…..BE SILLY!
Surprise your child in the middle of a tense, difficult moment by suddenly doing something completely pointless and unexpected. I like to start singing at the top of my lungs, “Oh solo mio!!….” or hang upside down on the couch.
Think right now of some things you can do, so when the urge strikes you are ready. Run all the way around the house one time with the kids trailing behind, open all of the car doors and go in and out opposite doors, throw a blanket over your head and chase the kids for a minute, have a pillow fight, lie on the floor, grab a piece of newspaper and start fanning each other, make funny noises. Just be silly.
Your kids need to know that you can see things from their perspective. They need to have that connection with you. You can be silly once in a while and still have their respect.
And if they’re feeling silly at the wrong time, stop and be silly with them for just a second before you redirect their energy.
Do you have any ideas for how you can be silly?
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