Funny Parenting Advice To Ease The Tension And Create More Laughter In Your Home
If you’re in need of some hilarious parenting hacks to ease the daily tension and create more laughter in your home, then you’ve come to the right place!
I think that 2020 has sucked a lot of joy and peace out of many people’s homes.
It’s been stressful and unpleasant many times over. And winter is coming.
We need some laughter people!
I’m talking about laughing out loud, almost peeing in your pants, belly-laughing til you cry kind of laughter.
If laughter is the best medicine, then we would do well to be doing more of it, right?
Parenting definitely has its stressful moments, days, and years. I get that.
But it doesn’t ALWAYS have to be stressful. There is room for much joy and laughter in the midst of the chaos.
Sometimes I think it would go better for everyone if we, as parents, didn’t take ourselves so seriously all the time.
We need to insert some humor into these stressful moments and break up the tension.
Question: Have you ever been in a super tense moment with one of your kids, maybe even a discipline conversation, and you’re getting nowhere?
Then, your kid randomly farts or you decide to do a tickle attack, something completely random, and it’s like both of you forgot what the problem was to begin with because you’re laughing so hard.
This is what I’m talking about.
Laughter, joy, and silliness. These are things that can be life-giving in our homes, and with our children.
I have some great ideas for how to incorporate more of these moments in your home, without losing your authority as a parent.
These are things I’ve used in my kindergarten classroom and with my daughter, Addie.
Here’s my list!
7 Hilarious Parenting Hacks
- Bad Singing
- Bathroom Emergency
- Whisper Parenting
- The Tattle Jar
- The Magic Eraser
- Speak With An Accent
- Act Like Your Kids
Now that you’ve seen the list, let’s spend some time looking a little closer at each one of them. Get ready to laugh!
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1. Bad Singing
Bad singing in front of your children should always be included in a list of hilarious parenting hacks. Trust me!
You don’t need to be a good singer to utilize this amazing tool. Bad singing is BETTER!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m having a moment with Addie that’s escalating, I completely trip up over my words.
It’s like I have serious problems getting the words out correctly and my words become one big pile of mush.
And then I get more frustrated.
So the simple answer?
Do some great bad singing of whatever message I’m trying to convey.
It makes me laugh just doing it, and prevents more frustration and irritation. Addie thinks it’s funny too!
Here’s an example:
Me: “Addie, please come upstairs and put your jammies on and brush your teeth.”
Addie: (no response)
Me: “Addie, for the second time, please come upstairs and put your jammies on and brush your teeth.”
(3 minutes later and no Addie)
Me: (deep breath, a bit louder) “ADDIE! This is the third time I’ve asked you. Get upstairs and put your jammies on and brush your teeth. It’s bedtime!”
Addie: “Mommy! Stop yelling at me. I forgot to grab my water and I wanted to do some ninja moves real quick before I came upstairs. You’re talking tough to me.”
Commence tears, deep breaths from me, and frustration.
Me: “Addie, I’m sorry I raised my voice and talked tough to you. That was wrong. It’s late, and I’ve had a long day, and I’d really like for you to get this stuff done so you can go to bed.”
Addie: “Maybe you should’ve taken a nap today.”
Me: ????!!!???? (Abort original plan…commence bad singing!)
Me: (In my best bad singing voice) “Ad-die…you are sooooooooo right! I should have taken a nap today. Sil-ly me. Sil-ly me. (Hand motions at this point to indicate pitch changes) Let’s hurry up and fin-ish so we can get you to beddddddddddddddddd.”
At this point Addie’s face is most likely pasted with a huge grin, I’m smiling too, and we both end up laughing.
This is a much better outcome than continuing to argue with her in the bathroom about her lack of listening skills or my lack of patience.
Now I’m not condoning disobedience by any means. It needs to be addressed.
But the 3 minutes that I had to inconveniently wait for Addie to come upstairs was not worth hurting her spirit over.
I could have easily come downstairs and spoken to her with kindness and respect rather than yelling from upstairs and being frustrated.
I’m 38, and she’s 6. I should be able to set the example for her.
Clearly I have things to work on as well.
Bottom line: In a tense parenting moment, busting out with some serious bad singing is a sure way to bring about lots of laughter and move past what just happened.
It also may save you from making a fool of yourself by losing your temper just because you’ve had a long day.
Do yourself a favor and add bad singing to your list of hilarious parenting hacks. You’ll be so glad you did!
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2. Bathroom Emergency
Hilarious parenting hacks must also include escaping from your children in crazy moments and having a bathroom emergency.
Sometimes we need timeouts too.
If the kids are out of control with the whining, let them hash out whatever is happening so you can have some alone time.
I’m not kidding. This is a tactic I have used on many occasions.
No judgment. I know I’m not the only one.
Sometimes I just need a few minutes to myself.
On a typical day, I spend most of my time with Addie.
I’m a stay at home mom, and I homeschool her, so we are together a lot!
Many times she even wants to follow me into the bathroom.
Can a girl please just have some basic privacy? I would like to do my business alone, lol!
Are you saying there’s times where you say you have to go to the bathroom but you really don’t?
Ever since going through pregnancy and childbirth, my bladder has conveniently shrunk to an incredibly small size.
Small enough to where I feel like right after I’ve gone to the bathroom, I could go again. And maybe even one more time.
All that to say, at any given moment if I’m in the bathroom, I can most likely go.
This is a very convenient problem to have when you’re using the tactic of a bathroom emergency.
For example, Addie and I might be having a moment of frustration, or maybe she’s quietly working on some math problems.
Either of those seem like a great time to escape to the bathroom.
I can take care of some me time, which might include bathroom business along with responding to some texts.
If I hear things like, “Mommy! What’s 10+5?” I can say, “Just a second sweetie! I’m almost done.”
Even if I’m done in the bathroom department, sometimes I stay for a few more minutes just to finish up my me time.
I think it’s a perfectly permissible practice for moms!
This also works really well when there’s holiday gatherings. I’m 100% serious.
When there’s a house full of people, food, stuff, and noise all over the place, one of the quietest places in existence can be the bathroom.
It’s a great place to escape for some much needed peace and quiet.
And if you have one of those crazy relatives who follows you around like an inconvenient shadow, the bathroom is a wonderful escape.
You can be like, “Sorry Aunt Lulu, that turkey and dressing did a number on my stomach and I’ll have to hear that story later! Why don’t you go find Johnny? He’d love to hear it!” (Escape to the bathroom and begin 5 minutes of peace away from Aunt Lulu).
LOL! Just sayin! Bathroom escape for the win!
So yes, I bring my phone in the bathroom, and I use it sometimes.
I have zero shame in confessing this as one of my hilarious parenting hacks because it’s come in handy many times over.
It makes me laugh just thinking about it!
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3. Whisper Parenting
Whisper parenting also makes the list of hilarious parenting hacks, and for good reason.
This one is so great!
When I taught kindergarten, there were many crazy moments in my classroom.
In the mornings, we would have a morning circle time, and there was lots of sharing, laughing, and book reading.
My students learned very quickly that if they didn’t stop talking and continued to interrupt the story, I would start whisper reading the book to myself, not showing them any pages.
Basically I was just reading it to myself.
They HATED this!
And I laughed so hard while I did it.
But you know what? It worked! They wanted so badly to hear the rest of the story.
If there was one particular student who kept interrupting, it didn’t take long for another kid to call them out or give them a look, and usually the talking would stop.
Think about a time in parenting when you’ve been super frustrated. Maybe it happened earlier today.
That’s parenting for you.
It’s stressful, messy, exciting, and joyful all at the same time. We experience tons of emotions just in one single day!
Try to go back to that moment and picture how it could have gone if you would have started whispering your instructions, or whispering what the next activity or outing was going to be.
Funny, right? How do you think your kids would respond?
You might get some funny looks, angry eyes, or looks of confusion. That’s ok!
If you do it enough, your kids will start to key-in on the fact that if Mommy starts whispering, they better listen up!
In order to be successful at whisper parenting, you have to be willing to calm down in the midst of your frustration, and keep a straight face as you whisper to your kids.
Not even kidding, I just did this with my daughter, and I could barely get the words out without cracking a grin.
We both ended up laughing and it broke the tension.
Hilarious parenting hack for the win!
Whatever it takes to stay motivated in this crazy journey called parenting!
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4. The Tattle Jar
If your list of hilarious parenting hacks does not include a tattle jar, then you’re missing out on some funny family moments!
Oh how I love the tattle jar.
I cannot tell you how much laughter was birthed through using this in my classroom.
Want the scoop on how it works? Keep reading!
My tattle jar was nothing fancy. It was literally an empty container that I labeled Tattle Jar and I kept it on the counter in my classroom.
There were rules that went along with it.
- One person at a time.
- No waiting in lines to write a tattle.
- Not allowed to read other people’s tattles.
- Cannot tell me that you wrote a tattle.
- Mrs. Johnson reads the tattles on Fridays after school.
Simple rules that brought about so much laughter! To me, not to my students.
It was hilarious entertainment for me. I saved some of my favorite tattle slips from years past. The drawings and the words crack me up still!
So how do I use this in parenting? Is this just a classroom thing?
Great question! And no, the tattle jar is not just for the classroom. Please use it in your homes. =)
All you need is an empty jar, a dish with blank slips of paper, and a pencil.
Explain to your kids what the jar is for. Don’t get wrapped up in thinking that you’re encouraging tattling by using a tattle jar.
You’re actually avoiding having to LISTEN to all the tattling because now it will be written down for you and your spouse to read together.
And you will laugh a lot!
Make your own family rules for the tattle jar, like this:
- Write or draw a picture of what happened.
- Put the slip of paper in the jar.
- If you tell me that you wrote one or say it anyways, the slip gets taken out.
- Mommy and Daddy empty out the jar on Fridays after everyone’s in bed.
- If you go all week and don’t put in a tattle, you get $1.
Those are just examples of rules. You can do whatever you want with it.
Another great thing I found in my classroom is that using the tattle jar encouraged kids to write more.
They learned how to spell names, form sentences, and draw some pretty convincing pictures of other kids spitting, kicking, not sharing, etc.
Kids are very motivated when it comes to getting their teacher or parent to understand what happened!
If you start using a tattle jar in your home, I’m convinced you will save yourself from hearing a lot of whining and tattling, and you will gain tons of laughter on a Friday night when you read them with your spouse.
It’s a win-win!
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Recess Time! Snag Some Games For A Fun Family Game Night!
You’ve made it over halfway through this list of hilarious parenting hacks, which means you have a great sense of humor and you’re into keeping things light-hearted around your house. Nice job!
A great way to engage with your kids and tap into their silliness is to play some awesome family games!
Here are a few spectacular ones that are sure to encourage lots of laughter.
Now’s a great time to snag these since the holidays are just around the corner!
This is a hilarious game and perfect for a
family game night! All you need is willing
players and a can of whipped cream, and you
will be ready for all kinds of fun!
Watch Ya’ Mouth
Oh my goodness! If you want to laugh at
yourself and others, this is the game for your
family. The looks on people’s faces when you
wear the retainer are priceless!
Greedy Granny is a great game that
little ones can enjoy! You have to try and
take Granny’s different food items before she
wakes up. My daughter loves this one!
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5. The Magic Eraser
The magic eraser is also on the hilarious parenting hacks list.
I laugh just thinking about it!
I’m not talking about cleaning products here.
This tactic is about making your kids believe that many of their problems aren’t worth crying or whining about, and by simply erasing the problem, you don’t have to talk about it anymore.
It’s that easy.
Check out this example scenario:
Addie: “Mommy! Ethan won’t share the blocks with me.”
Me: “You and Ethan need to both come here so we can talk about what happened.”
(Addie and Ethan come.)
Me: “Ethan, is it true that you ‘re not sharing?”
Ethan: “Well she wanted my blocks that I was using for my tower. I need them to make my tower huge!”
Me: “Gotcha. Here’s what we’re gonna do. Are you both watching?”
(This is where you have to REALLY sell them on what you’re saying.)
Me: “Have you ever heard of the magic eraser?”
Addie and Ethan: “No.”
Me: “Listen up. The magic eraser is super special. It helps kids get along and forget about their fights and problems.”
Addie: “Really? How does it work?”
Me: “You have to take out your huge pencil, and hold it up high.” (Pretend to take a giant pencil out of your back pocket and hold it up in the air. Wait for the kids to do it with you.)
Me: “Use your magic eraser and wipe out everything that just happened. Make it go away like this.” (Use a zig-zag motion and make swishing sounds to show them that you’re erasing the problem.)
Me: “See? You erased your problems! They’re not here anymore. Now put the erasers away, shake hands, and go back to playing!”
(Addie and Ethan pretend to put their erasers away, shake hands, and proceed to play with the blocks again, amazed that their sharing problem was magically erased.)
Is it that easy? Sometimes yes!
I used this tactic all the time in my classroom and it was a wonderful teaching tool! There were many times where I nearly cracked up explaining it to my students.
But you know what? It totally worked!
Basically in any kind of tattling situation, kids just want to be heard and acknowledged.
By introducing your kids to the power of the magic eraser, you’re not only providing entertainment to yourself, but you’re giving your kids tools to solve problems on their own.
You’re also teaching them that some things aren’t worth shedding tears over and that holding grudges just makes the fun go away.
These are great life skills! I highly recommend this parenting hack!
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6. Speak With An Accent
I’ve always had a closet fantasy of being a voice actor for an animated movie. I mean, seriously dreamy!
And why not practice all of my random voices while parenting? What a great idea!
If you want a great way to ease the tension and not be so stressed, my suggestion is to talk in random voices.
It will be a nice change of pace, a real attention-getter, and it will most likely bring some smiles to everyone’s faces, unless you’re dealing with teenagers. Instead of smiles, you may get a bunch of eye-rolls.
Sometimes at night when I’m reading to Addie, I attempt to use a British accent.
She’s not a fan and will repeatedly ask me, “Mommy, can you please read in your regular voice?” Hilarious!
In moments of frustration with your kids, or before any tension has started, why not change things up by speaking in an accent?
Channel your inner cowgirl, nanny from England, or favorite little squeaky mouse, and just go for it.
When I’ve used my bug voice or best British girl in my classroom, the reactions have been priceless.
There are always a few who are unimpressed. That’s fine.
But there are many who are very amused and it creates a room full of smiles!
You could even try this if you’re arguing with your spouse. Seriously.
The argument will most likely stop so fast because the other person is so shocked at the accent.
But I bet you’ll both end up laughing!
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7. Act Like Your Kids
If you’re not spending time imitating ridiculous tantrums or whining, then your list of hilarious parenting hacks has fallen short.
This last one is well worth your time!
Has your child ever had a ridiculous meltdown and it took everything in you not to throw yourself on the ground and imitate them?
Pro tip: Next time that happens, please join in on the tantrum and make sure your child sees that they’re acting like a fool! It’s a very powerful teaching tool!
I’ve done this as a teacher and as a parent. The reactions are priceless!
Sometimes kids get really angry. They’re aware of the foolishness because they know that someone is imitating them and it’s embarrassing.
Basically they realize they’re being called out for their behavior and it’s hurting their pride. Waa. Waa.
When a child just stops and stares at you, it’s because someone imitating their tantrum has left them in an utter state of shock!
They might be thinking any number of these things:
“What is my Mommy doing?”
“She’s screaming because she didn’t get the blue spoon that she wanted. That’s silly.”
“Why is she lying on the floor kicking and screaming?”
“Why does this behavior look so familiar?”
“Who do I know that has done this before?”
Your child is getting a front row seat to witnessing a full blown tantrum.
But this time, the tantrum is being thrown by an adult, which makes it that much more awesome!
You don’t have to limit your imitating to just tantrums.
Show your child what they sound like when they whine, speak with disrespect, grumble and complain, etc. The possibilities are endless.
You never know, using this tactic might lead to some very helpful conversations with your kids.
It’s also a great way to lighten the mood, leading to much more laughter instead of tension.
Now I’m definitely not encouraging you to throw down in a grocery store, abandoning your cart in favor of potentially going viral on YouTube with your adult tantrum. Not good practice.
Use your discernment when doing this strategy. You have to know your kids, their personalities, and their limits.
To one child, this might be a very powerful teaching tool. To another one, it could be shaming or humiliating.
Use your judgment and make sure your motives are pure.
But please enjoy their reactions!
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Let’s Wrap Things Up!
Laughter is good for the soul. It lifts the spirits of everyone in the room. It really is the best medicine sometimes.
In a year filled with so many canceled plans and stressful moments, it’s important to try and have more moments of laughter and joy in our homes.
We need those funny, light-hearted moments in our parenting too.
For all my note takers out there, here are those hilarious parenting hacks one more time!
7 Hilarious Parenting Hacks
- Bad Singing
- Bathroom Emergency
- Whisper Parenting
- The Tattle Jar
- The Magic Eraser
- Speak With An Accent
- Act Like Your Kids
Remember, don’t take yourself so seriously in these tense parenting moments (within reason, of course).
Try and find lots of reasons to laugh with your family, creating precious memories that will last a lifetime!
I’ll leave you with this famous quote by Stella McCartney:
Lots of love to each of you!
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