Blogging A to Z: J is for Joy and L is for Laughter
Encouraging laughter and joy everyday in a home as a parent brings challenges, but when you deliberately seek joy, love shines through even in difficult times.
My husband is the joy and laughter provider in my household.
4 Ways I Learned From My Husband
To Fill Our Home with Joy and Laughter
1. Have fun. I know that sounds overly simple and a given, but sometimes, as parents, we are too concerned about school work, discipline, and keeping an orderly home. I know I get caught up in the spiral of making sure my daughter makes great grades, helps around the house, and behaves well. I am Mrs. Order to my husband’s Mr. Joy.
He believes in order and discipline, don’t get me wrong. He stresses the importance of completing work and meeting responsibilities, but he loves to take time to play with my daughter and our grands. He loves to make them laugh with his funny antics.
2. Remember to set deliberate times to just play to allow joy and laughter in your homelife.
While I would worry about them getting hurt, he allows them to frolic and play. I am like, “Please be careful.” He, however, says have fun, laugh, and play.
3. Purposefully seek the humor and joy in a situation. Our family faces trying times just like anyones elses. In the midst of these times, you step outside of it all and just find something to be joyful about.
My husband is good about this at times. We get lost on a vacation, and he laughs at my frustration. Just laughs. His laughter is infectious.
Sometimes when we’ve had bad news, we play a game of remember the time. Before we know, we are laughing and and chortling as we recall funny events. The room fills with the sound of joy and laughter.
4. As a former librarian, this one is my idea, but he inspires it. Read a funny book. Every time we go a book fair at my daughter’s or grandkids’ school, my husband tries to find the cutest and funniest books to read. Here are few we have discovered through the years guaranteed to produce joy and laughter.
Claire Freedom has lots of great books to produce laughter. 😉
Nick Bruel’s books are a favorite in our home. Laughter guaranteed. 🙂
I hope these tips encouraged you.[tweetthis twitter_handles=”@Maryandering” url=”http://maryanderingcreatively.com/finding-joy-and-laughter-in-parenting/”]How do you encourage laughter and joy in your home? Share your ideas in comment section.[/tweetthis]
This post is for letter J and L in the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge. Learn more about it here.
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