Thursday, August 23, 2012

Life Lessons: Sense of Humor

As a parent there are a million life lessons I want to teach my children.

Always wear your seatbelt.

Share.

Be kind.

Don't drink and drive.

Respect everyone.

Of course some lessons are very serious. Some are harder to teach than others.

But personally? One of the things I want to instill in my children above all else isn't some serious life lesson.

At the very least, I just want my children to have a sense of humor.

Because a sense of humor, the ability to smile, laugh and enjoy life is SO important. But how do you teach something like that?

Well, I don't know. But I think it's definitely one of those lead-by example things. And I must be doing something right, because Henry started doing the funniest thing.

It started at the kitchen table. If something funny would come up, and Mark and I started laughing, Henry would, too.  Then he started doing the same thing when we had visitors.

And let me tell you, I've never seen a better example of "laughter is contagious." We laugh... Henry laughs, we laugh at his laughing. Honestly? Dinner at our house is just a really good time.

And now he does it all the time. If a group of people is laughing, not even in his general direction... his blue eyes light up and he'll laugh too. He may not understand the jokes yet, but he still laughs. And I love every second.

So, kids, if you're listening, don't take life to seriously. Have a sense of humor, enjoy life, and laugh... just never at anyone's expense, okay?

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