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March 3, 2015

Funny Parenting

Hal photo outside Feb2012“I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.” (Frank A. Clark)

In parenting, a good sense of humor is a must. There are going to be times when all you really can do is laugh. There’s a scene in the movie Parenthood that comes to mind. Steve Martin’s character is attending his preschool aged daughter’s play, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. At one point on stage, his daughter’s character, Dopey, is being mocked by another dwarf and Martin’s youngest son takes it upon himself to charge the stage and protect his big sister, knocking down homemade sets in the process. As you can imagine, chaos ensues and most of the parents are up in arms at this display. One mother shouts with outrage, “He’s ruining the play!” You see the father absorb all of that tension for a brief moment and then erupt in a classic Steve Martin grin as he decides to see the scene for the hilarity that it provides.  If we could simply learn to find the humor inherent in our daily parenting, life would be a whole lot more enjoyable. Remember, just because parenting is serious business doesn’t mean that you can’t laugh at yourself every now and again.







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