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Are you able to laugh at yourself?
Or are you one of those people who gets really uncomfortable and then angry or embarrassed when something happens that causes other people to laugh at you?
I’m not talking about bullying or taunting at your expense, I’m talking about when you do or say something you have no one to blame but yourself.
Like if you accidentally pass gas while someone is praying…I don’t care how old you are, that is funny and I’m not going to able to keep from giggling.
I’ll tell you one thing we are trying so hard to instill in our children is their ability to laugh at themselves.
Their favorite joke to tell each other as young children is: “(Insert name here)! You belong in a tree because you’re a nut!” (compliments of Family Guy- which they absolutely DO NOT watch) They go bonkers with laughter when they say that to each other. And it’s always well placed because whoever is being accused of being a nut is, in fact, being a nut at that moment!
Not only does laughing at ourselves reduce the amount of bickering and arguing sessions that we have to settle, but it also gives the kids reminders that life is fun, sometimes funny things happen, no one’s perfect, don’t take everything so seriously, see the humor in things, laughing at each other isn’t the same as making fun of someone, don’t sweat the little things…the list goes on and on.
Humor is so necessary because this world is really stinky these days! It needs more laughter- it sure does a body good.
As a kid, I struggled to laugh at myself. I was always embarrassed and that really sucked. I feel like I missed out on some fun because I was so busy being irritated or embarrassed at any attention thrown my direction.
Once dear husband taught me how to really laugh at myself, I saw how liberating it really is. It’s diffusing. It’s fun. It makes awesome memories and great stories. I hope one day when the kids are grown and we are all sitting around the table, they remember some great stories and we all reminisce about how much we all enjoyed those times.
Ah, children. As mentioned before and by so many others, children say what they want, when they want. It’s our job to teach them about the filter. We as parents help them exercise and strengthen that filter. (Well, we try anyway!)
But I’ve also said earlier that children’s lack of filter is sometimes- many times- down right hilarious.
And of course, I shall provide an example.
Public bathrooms…a mecca of potential inappropriate and loud commentary from a child as he or she hears things that require a comment or imitating noise. Obviously, the child within us hears things and laughs on the inside. I believe God made farts to give us all a little chuckle. Of course, flatulence relieves gas build up inside the body, but come on…the noise? That’s simply for human pleasure.
Here’s the philosophical cause and effect of farting:
Farting makes noise+ farting noise makes us laugh + laughter releases endorphins = therefore farting is essential to good health.
I say all of this to say…I took a child to the public bathroom recently- a women’s restroom. We found a stall and began our routine of “going potty”. As a woman, I am immune to many sounds in the women’s restroom and didn’t even think of it when I heard someone in the stall next to us begin to prepare for her feminine hygiene change by opening packaging. (Sorry all, that’s the most proper way I could think of describing it)
So, my girl child begins her “tinkles” and also hears the woman in the stall beside us begin her preparations by opening various packages and whatnot. My sweet girl, without hesitation and still sitting on the potty, blurts out “Mommy, why does she get a prize and I didn’t?! I want a prize!”
What do you say to that? All I could do is laugh. And thankfully, the woman next to us laughed as well and then said, “Honey, you don’t want the prize I have!”
All’s well that ends well, I suppose.