In our tiny, crazy family of five, things are not always ideal. The kids bicker and fight. There are days the hubby and I barely talk even though we both work at home. We have bills and payments just like every other middle American family. There are days that it is actually really, really hard to keep it together. Even on those days, we laugh.
We laugh constantly, and we have fun. Even when life isn't fun, we still laugh. When the kids are being assholes, either hubby or I are being moody, and the world feels as if it is closing in, we laugh. There are some times it is all we have, but we do it. Even when I am down, my family can pick me up. They are silly and goofy and they put it all into perspective. We all do it for each other.
I can't really explain it, or how it helps. I truly think it helps us all talk more and keeps us all closer. Obviously, we are happier, but there is just something about laughing with the people you love. Parents typically get such a bad rap. We are the ones who lose touch with our kids and they say we don't understand anything children are going through. I can say, completely, my kiddos don't feel that way. Our family is open and honest with each other, even with the tough stuff. When it comes to those difficult situations, we always look for the positive side of things. We have taught our children to do the same.
Life isn't always easy, I know that firsthand. Raising children, while rewarding, is unbelievably difficult. It is the hardest job ever, and you can't quit. It is not simple, but you can make it easier. We do. We don't do anything different than most families, except we laugh way more than normal. Even when it seems there is nothing to laugh about, find it...it's there. Your kids will love it, and so will you. It is the best parenting advice I have. But then again, I am the epitome of a nonperfect parent. However, I am a pretty awesome one.