There are many core values that I want to instill in my children. Acceptance, honesty, reliability, empathy, resourcefulness, creativity, all of these and more are what I hope for them to feel as important in their lives. From that list, one that I feel is more needed in life than people give it credit for, is humor.
I want my children’s lives to be full of laughter. Realistically, I know that each day can’t have barrels of laughs. It shouldn’t. Mine hasn’t. Without other experiences for balance, some of the joy, of the cathartic release would be diminished. But, I hope that they carry it with them always, for joy and for comfort when they need it most.
My children know how a laugh can turn a day around, or at the very least, keep it from spiraling down into a complete well of suck. They can see how sharing a joke or making a smart ass comment at just the right time can bring out giggles from someone else.
Humor is important not just for the smiles that it brings but for it’s ability to keep us grounded. Responsibilities stack up quickly and we can easily come to think that everything we do becomes more important than it really is. Laughing at ourselves, making light of our mistakes, keeps us humble and brings relief from the stress we place on ourselves when we feel as though they’ve failed.
Laughter is often called a gift and that’s what it is. Something that one can hold, enjoy, and pass on to others when they need it. It’s a value that I hope my children will pass on throughout their lives. So far, they’re doing a damn good job of it!
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