Being a parent can be really stressful, but I like to make sure the fun moments outweigh the bad moments. There are some days when my toddler wakes up grumpy, takes an hour just to get through her morning routine, and into the highchair, then she refuses to eat the breakfast I prepared for her. This performance is usually followed by her announcing she is done with breakfast, and wants out of her high chair the moment I sit down to eat my own breakfast. These moments are when I feel like a boiling tea kettle about to let all my steam escape, and I haven’t even made it through breakfast yet. Sometimes both my toddler, and I need a little silliness to break the tension when we are having a bad day. Here are five things I love to do to make both of us laugh.
- Look, through any toilet paper, or paper towel roll you come across.
Sometimes it’s the little things that thrill my daughter the most. When I grab extra toilet paper rolls to bring to the bathroom while my daughter is nearby I almost always look through them like they are a pair of binoculars. On the same theme, a paper towel roll makes the perfect mega phone. My daughter always hums, or yells through any empty paper towel roll she comes across before throwing it in the trash.
- Make everything into a song.
I sing about everything, I have no shame, and I really don’t care how terrible I sound. Kids take instruction through song a lot easier than when you tell them to do something in a nagging voice. My husband doesn’t bat an eye anymore when he hears me singing, “brush, brush, brush your teeth, then spit, and floss! Then we’ll put your diaper on, and then read a book!”
- Turn on the radio, and dance around the house.
My daughter and I have a routine of turning on music, and doing housework together. We always have the radio on in the background, and I often dance like Taylor Swift, or even worse I’m sure! I know this silly strategy is paying off when I see my two-year-old dancing in front of the oven so she can watch her reflection, and giggle at herself. Sometimes I can cheer her out of a funky mood by shaking my body all about, and making silly faces until she cracks a smile.
- Exaggerate common everyday actions.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, it’s as simple as enthusiastically brushing your teeth, or shaking the wrinkles out of the laundry by flapping it in the air several more times than is necessary. It’s very simple, but funny to a toddler when you speed a normal action up, or do something in slow motion.
- Make Strange, and unexpected noises.
This habit is not only giggle inducing, but it helps your child build their vocabulary. My daughter loves action words. I have always made action noises while doing normal routine things. When I make her breakfast in the morning, my daughter can often be found saying, “Choooop! Choooooop!” While I am cutting her berries, or yelling, “Pop!!!!” When the toast pops out of the toaster. When I’m in the tub, and trying to entertain a toddler, all my actions will become vocalized as action words, and often times turn into singing. My favorite of all time though, is when my daughter is zoned out watching tv, when she is supposed to be eating (this is the only time she’s allowed to watch tv), I love to loudly exclaim things to startle her out of her daze, and make her laugh.
There you have it, five things to do to make your kid laugh, and save your own sanity at the same time. Though I am sure after reading how strange I can be, you are probably questioning my sanity. Everyone needs a little silliness in their lives, so unbutton your office clothes, “let your hair down”, and dance around the kitchen tonight, your child will thank you for these memories one day.