It has been said that Laughter is the best medicine. Some even refer to laughter as therapy. In the dramatic ups and downs, pressure and intensity that comes with the job you need your mother to do, do not overlook the need to encourage laughter, and comedic relief. Sometimes laughter will save you from punishment and it will always help your mother remember how much she loves you.
Enjoy our Learn by Example guide. Study each example and find ways to bring comedy into your own home.
From your devoted examples; Aiden, age 9 and Kian, age 4
Chapter 1: Communication is Funny
A stunning example on how you can get what you want through effective communication by Kian. About three weeks ago, I was attempting to talk to my Mom through the bathroom door. Most of the time she tells me she can’t hear me. I’m pretty sure she can, I’m not sure why she does that sometimes, but I really, really needed to talk to her, so I had to find a new way to communicate. In our house our bathrooms back up to each other, so the toilets share a wall. I have been using wall communication with my brother for some time, especially when Mom forces us both to go to the bathroom before we leave to go somewhere. But on that day I needed a better conduit for my discussion with my Mom. So I went into the bathroom, opened the toilet seat and yelled, “Mom! Can you hear me! I am talking to you through the potty! I need a cookie.” She laughed and laughed and then answered, “Yes I can hear you, I’m coming to get you a cookie.” I now successfully use the toilet telephone on a daily basis. As an added bonus, I can get my older brother to really laugh hard when he walks by and sees me with my head almost in the toilet.
Examples of how funny language is, by Aiden. When in doubt come up with your own names for things. This is a time honored tradition of young children around the world. One option is to use a describing word followed by something you know the name of that is similar. A few examples include: Halloween Hen, otherwise known as a Thanksgiving Turkey; leg circle, also known as a knee cap; wall Christmas trees, I’ll give you a minute to think this one through; that’s right it is garland. Banana moon is a crescent moon, bright moon is the sun, cow house is a barn, baby cakes are actually mini muffins, magnetic pens are mechanical pencils and an animal around is a carousel. My absolute favorite was my genius creation of the word snotters, saying nostrils just does not really convey what they are half as well. When your Mom finally figures out what you are talking about she will laugh about it for days. Changing how a word should be used is also a great tool. I once had a small scab on my stomach, my Mom asked me what happened. I told her that a “pine bush, pined me.” That is an amazing example of turning a noun into a verb. My Mom’s reaction was so positive that I proceeded to tell the story to everyone I met for a week.
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