Small Children and The Power of Laughter

Some people look at me like I'm crazy when they learn that at 41 years old, among my Seven kids is a 2 year old, and a 5 month old.

It's not surprising. I've heard many parents openly express the thought that small children can drive you nuts.

I'm not entirely unsympathetic to the idea.

However for me, especially lately, my little ones tend to have the exact opposite effect. If anything, having young kids in the house is a bit therapeutic.

Take yesterday, for instance ...

a bit of background: We've got an inspection coming up at work, so the hours are getting longer. My brother's wedding is in a week, so we're getting ready to embark on a plane trip to Florida. And to top off an already stressful week or two, we had a couple of unexpected bills show up.

So not unexpectedly, I arrived home at about 5pm in a bit of a grumpy mood. I was ranting and raving about some silly thing ... and Ana (proving yet again why I love her) was not ranting back, but simply listening (albeit with the obligatory rolling of the eyes). At about what I would have estimated to be the halfway point or so of my little hissy fit, I happened to look in the other room and see Jaiden sitting on the couch ...

I stopped whining, walked into the living room, and announced to Jaiden that I was "the tickle monster".

We spent just about the next 5 minutes or so just laughing, giggling, and taking turns being "the monster".

I eventually walked out of the living room feeling about 200% better than I had just a few short minutes earlier.

I am so thankful that I have kids.


p.s. this is not an idea I was unaware of ... in fact, I've even written a blog post about it before ... the concept is called smile therapy


  1. While I don't have any young children of my own, I'm surrounded by children of ages from one month to teenagers on a daily basis. I can totally agree that life would be a lot less pleasant without them around.

  2. Hi RT,

    Isn't it funny how the older we get, the more we realize how great it would be if we could go back and whisper in the ear of our 18-19 year old selves. I really, really, really wish I would have known this simple "secret" back when my other kids were little ... that was a time when I really could have used it ... but at least we're apparently "wise" enough to recognize it now. :-)


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