Laugh Night - We can teach our children to value and savor positive emotions by creating a ritual that shines the spotlight on a positive feeling (love,humor, inspiration, interest, gratitude, joy, serenity, hope, pride or awe.) Positive emotions not only feel good, but they fuel creativity,contribute to resilience, and strengthen relationships.
We kicked things off that afternoon by watching The Slumber Party episode from the first season of The Cosby Show - the one where Rudy has EIGHT kids sleep over, and Dr. Huxtable does the Bucking Bronco thing on his knee with each one of them. Hilarious. Abby and Noah thought it was really funny too. (How I love that show.) We made giant pancakes for dinner and used fruit to make funny faces on them.
We wore silly hats (Pat - Santa hat, me - Mickey Mouse ears, Noah - fireman hat, and Abby- K graduation cap) at the dinner table, and I even told the kids they could have a bubble blowing contest with their milk! They loved that. I couldn't resist blowing a few bubbles too. I also read them some jokes from a kids' joke book and got a couple of laughs - it was pretty cheesy. After dinner, I wrote some silly things on index cards - do the chicken dance, make a fish face, pat your head & rub your belly, etc...- and we played a game where we had to pick a card and do what it said. That was probably the highlight of the evening, well, that and an online episode of Wipe Out. I tell ya, Pat and the kids can't get enough of that show. They were cracking up.
We'll have to do it again soon, and maybe watch a funny movie next time. I can only take so much of Wipe Out. :)