(Source: Stock Photo Secrets)
If there is one thing that’s required in life, it’s having a good old giggle with friends and family.
Laughing is fun, healthy, and it makes us happy.
In the world of step-parenting, we can get so hung up on this complex role that we are often guilty of taking ourselves too seriously.
We want to get it right first time. We are out to impress our partners, our step-children, the ex and we want to show our friends and family that we are capable – that we’ve got this!
There are a lot of factors that can cause frustration to step-parents; things that likely wouldn’t bother us in first family scenarios. Parenting in general isn’t easy but step-parenting comes with a different set of dynamics that at times, can leave you feeling like the black sheep in the family or tightly coiled like a spring.
It’s easy to feel bothered by things that your step-children have said or done that you may take to heart because the bonding process is still taking form.
You may have experienced conversations between your spouse and their ex that bordered on the unnecessary, turning the mood grey in that split second. At the time, you probably concentrated on the fact that the call was even made instead of making light of the content itself and laughing at how silly it all was.
Many step-parents admit to subconsciously getting so caught up in waiting for negativity to hit them that they likely missed opportunities to laugh … a lot more often.
Granted there will be days when laughing is just not an option.
It’s tough, but if you don’t laugh, you cry, right?
Do you recall an incident in your life when something bad happened, but once the storm had passed, whether it was weeks or even months later, you were able to reflect and laugh about it?
Whilst a lot of things do permit us to feel annoyed or sad, it is definitely worth trying to actively seek out humour amidst difficulties and laugh at the absurdities of it. If the children are annoying you then try putting a humorous spin on it by making a…