Friday, April 13, 2012

A to Z Challenge: Laughter

Jennifer Aniston was asked in an interview once about her childhood. She said there was lots of laughter in her home growing up. Wow. Someone with a happy childhood. And a Hollywood someone at that.

But it made me stop and think. How will my children describe the atmosphere in our home when they are grown? I want them to look back and see a happy childhood and a home that was filled with love and laughter. Too often our house is filled with yelling and impatience.

Children bring laughter and happiness wherever they are, but often I am so focused on the daily duties I’m trying to accomplish that I miss out. I forget to have a sense of humor.

This is something I need to work on. I’m trying to be more conscious of taking time to laugh and make the atmosphere in our home more conducive to fun and happiness. Things don’t have to be perfect or even okay in order to have fun and laugh. I need to laugh in the chaos, laugh at the chaos. And laugh at myself. I tend to take myself too seriously.

I want my children to look back on these years fondly. I know I can’t control my children’s perceptions, but I want to do my part to make these fleeting moments as joy-filled as possible. Big hot mess and all. 


Incidentally, I had no idea that the baby in the above video has the same name as my baby.  


  1. Laughter is a contagious emotion, there is not enough of it in the world.
    Lovely post and enjoyed the video.

  2. I could have written this post; it describes me so well. I feel like I miss out on so much because I'm so focused on getting the to-do list done. My children laugh and play around me, and I'm too busy to join in. I needed this reminder. Thanks!

  3. This is the cutest video I have ever seen! I just watched it over and over, laughing with little baby all the way! It makes me want a child so much!
    M x

  4. Love your post...and so true. We want our children to have good memories to warm them in the future. Although I think children have a wise tendency to remember the good and forget the bad. I hope. stopping by from A to Z challenge

  5. While there is no sweeter sund to me than children laughing, lately when the teenager something I did or said...priceless to me!

  6. Haha, that video cracks me up whenever I see it! I feel the same way as you. I want my kids to look back and see they had a happy childhood. We have laughs, but we also have a lot of days where we are short on time, rushing around, mom and dad are impatient, etc. I want fewer of those days. Like...none.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z