When was the last time you had a good belly laugh with your kids?
Let’s face it we can all use a little bit of crazy silly in our life. Sure there is a time to be serious, but we also need to laugh. Laughter does wonders for families and has so many benefits. It can
- Lower blood pressure and stress hormones.
- Boost the immune system.
- Trigger the release of endorphins.
- Produce a general sense of well-being.
- Burns calories (now that’s an exercise routine I could get into)
Just look at all those benefits! The other important thing laughter does is to bind us together. It’s like relationship glue. When friends or family members share something funny they feel an instant connection. And children just love it when adults are silly with them.
Today put aside the learning- and the to do list- and the work – just for a little while. Go do something goofy with your family. If you need some inspiration just follow your kid’s lead. Children are naturally goofy and laughter comes easily to them. Here are my suggestions.
1.Place a large container with water in the garden, fill it with water, and throw in some sponges. Arm yourself with a hose. Call your children outside and the minute they step outside hit them with a spray of water.
2. Put on a lively song at full blast, hand out impromptu microphones; sing and dance along. Maybe you could create a video.
3. Cut oranges into wedges. Eat the orange leaving the peel intact. Cut notches along one edge of the peel. Now put it in your mouth with the white side facing out. Then give everyone you see a big toothy smile.
4. Say the whole alphabet while burping (I know, but kids love it). Will you try one letter per burp, or see how many letters you can say with a long belch?
5. Challenge your family to see if they can lick their elbow. I’m told that some people can actually do this! i’m not sure if it is true, but it sure is funny watching others try! I can’t do it by the way!
6. Take pictures of your kids being goofy. My boys loved hamming it up for the camera.
7. Have a pillow fight. Pick up a pillow and hit one of your kids lightly. No one will resist the challenge
8. Provide napkins and make Mr Knapkin Heads. Don’t know how? Watch Jude Law demonstrate the technique in this clip from the fabulous movie The Holiday. You can also find it here.
9. Make and model outrageous hats.
10.Tell silly jokes.
11. Create a silly walk. And of course I can’t possibly mention silly walks without providing a link to the classic Monty Python Silly Walk Skit.
12. Wriggle your fingers and chase your children around the house. You don’t actually have to tickle them to make them laugh. The anticipation will get those giggles going.
13. When you give your children a good night kiss suck in your cheeks and make smacking noises with your lips. My dad would often do this when he put me to bed and it always made me laugh. It’s one of my fondest memories.
14. Play a silly game like “Cross the Floor.” You need a point A and a point B. Challenge everyone to travel from one point to another without putting their feet on the floor. You can either use other body parts to slither, slide, roll across the floor or find things to walk on. Pieces of paper, cushions, or furniture are all fair game.
15. Speak in a silly voice.
Can you plan to create a little bit of silliness every day? It doesn’t matter what you do, just have fun! Enjoy the laughter. Cherish the connections it brings.