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Parenthood Can be Very Funny

By Lynn Jenkins - 15th May 2012

Parenthood can be very funny.  These little people we are helping to become big people can come out with some funny things, especially when they are learning to talk.  

My personal favourites from my kids are:
 “where are my gubbles (GOGGLES)?”
“look at that man’s mooshraka (MOUSTACHE)"
“I love wearing chiuauas (TIARAS) on my head
"

Then there’s the toilet humour.  While that within itself is not that funny.  The way they crack themselves up over the words:‘fart’, ‘poo’, and ‘bum’ over and over and over (and over..) can be very funny. Add in the sound effects and they are rolling about on the floor in hysterics!  It’s truly mind boggling how  many times those words can be combined to make a song or just come into a conversation…. “Oh Poo!”, “you’re a poo-head”, “you’re a bum-head”, “you farted”, “I farted”, “my bum farted”, “mum farted”, “dad farted”, “Elmo farted” – never ending that one.  And just when you thought all had died down because all is quiet for a while, those words suddenly start coming out of Talking Tom the iPhone app!   

Then there’s the serious, concentrated efforts to make us laugh.  I find these are funny ... in hindsight.  My kids picked up some tricky ideas after watching a movie one day.  These ideas included putting powder in the hairdryer and mayonnaise in the toothpaste tube …  mmm.  I suspect if they could have worked out how to rig up a bucket of paint over the doorway that would have been on the playlist for that day as well.  

Then there’s just the funniness that comes with them being their everyday selves doing their everyday things.  Playing under 6 soccer, choosing their own clothing combinations, dancing, their style of cake decorating, swimming with ‘big arms’.  And a real treat is watching them singing to a song they are listening to on an iPod with headphones on. Hilarious!      

But it’s not just the kids dishing out the funny moments.  My ‘mother’ friends have been coming out with some great one-liners lately – in their exasperation mind you.

In seeing the laces of her son’s soccer boots flapping about mid game, a friend turned around, threw her hands in the air and said, “how can a triple knot come undone?!”

Another, while trying to get her determined-and-not-listening three year old to do what she was asking by using the 1 - 2- 3 technique looked up and said, “Isn’t that meant to be magic?”

While another asked in bewilderment, “How can chewing gum get stuck to the back of her neck?”

Aaah parenthood.  It’s quite a ride made up of many, many emotions.  To have among them moments of seeing the funny side of things can help the emotional roller coaster of parenthood seem a little less gut-wrenching at times.  

P.S.  My eight year old son read this post and cackled his little butt off (at the poo, bum, fart section of course…).  After he finished reading he said with all the seriousness of an eight year old, “It’s good Mum, but you forgot to mention ‘wee’, ‘undies’ and ‘toilet' ".  And the funny moments continue.

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