my kids make me laugh (again) #mkmml

Long ago, I wrote regular feature on Tuesdays called My Kids Make Me Laugh (MKMML). The premise was that taking time to notice the everyday antics of my kids and laugh with them helped me treasure my boys in whatever phase they happened to be in. Beyond that, it was supposed to encourage you to do the same.

You can go look, there’s a whole categories devoted to MKMML posts. Some of them are awesome. Some of them are, quite frankly, not.

When I looked at the awesome ones, it made me wonder what I quit writing them.  Then I looked at the “less than awesome” ones and I remembered.

As a mom, I can get frustrated, I can yell, or I can laugh. Laughter is always a choice. Why #mkmml is an awesome idea.

At some point, my kids quit making me laugh.

There. I said it.

I quit delighting in the everyday antics of my kids.  It was during a period when I was just dissatisfied and impatient with almost every part of my life.  It wasn’t just my kids. I felt that way about any number of things.

I wasn’t exactly living with passion or purpose.

It was dark and messy. I wish it hadn’t happened.

But it did.

Writing MKMML Got Hard.

I never faked a MKMML post. I never made one up out of thin air. I even admitted my struggle when I wrote “my kids are NOT making me laugh today” in a post at the end of last summer.

The ones that are “less than awesome” reflect the fact that I stretched as a writer to find anything worthy writing about. What they don’t reflect is the weekly dose of guilt and remorse I felt because I was, increasingly, finding it hard to enjoy my kids.

Somewhere along the way, I stopped seeing them as treasures and started thinking of them as interruptions.  Not. Good. Not good at all.

Thankfully, it was only a phase.

It passed.

(I know, that’s a total cop out. I’m sure you’d love to know what went wrong and what I did to fix it.  The answer deserves a post of its own.)

But when it passed, I found myself laughing at (and with) my kids again. I fell in love with being their mom all over again. Even thought I haven’t posted a MKMML story in ages, these boys crack me up on a regular basis.

I miss #MKMML.

I’m bringing it back because honestly, my kids make me laugh (again). These days, I actually enjoy hanging out with my kids.

The premise works.  Laughing at the perplexities of motherhood really does help us treasure our kids. Taking time to notice the everyday antics of my kids and laugh with them helps me treasure motherhood.

I’m launching the #mkmml initiative.  (Why #mkmml? Because “My Kids Make Me Laugh” takes too long to type.)

As a mom, I can get frustrated, I can yell, or I can laugh. Laughter is always a choice. Why #mkmml is an awesome idea.

Until next time, take a quick look at some of the more awesome #mkmml posts from the past. Beyond my all time favorite post about s-e-x, there’s some awesome stories buried back there.

Like…

When my kids started cussing and bringing home salty language from the playground, it wasn’t quite what I expected it to be. It was… funny.

Or the time when they were in trouble for hyphenating “butterfly” in the wrong spot at school.

In a flashback special, I traveled back to the time when they were both in diapers and I needed to laugh. (Special effects not included.)

Laughter is a choice. Even when the kids do something that drives you nuts (like the time that my youngest son started licking everyone) and sometimes, the best response is to just laugh. It’s the whole reason behind the #mkmml initiative.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. Susan, I so appreciate your honesty. I think most of us fall out of love with being a Mom from time to time. We love our kids, of course, but the job of being a Mom….definitely has its ups and downs. Humor is a powerful tool and a great way to bond as a family. Glad you are laughing once again.

    • I’m so glad you visited. It’s scary to admit when we’ve fallen out of love with being a mom. There’s nothing like the healing balm of Grace from other moms to help us get past the guilt.

  2. Parenting is hard! Some days my kids don’t make me laugh either especially when I’m tired, everyone has been sick, or we’ve had a hard time with something. I appreciate your honesty and your willingness to try to laugh again. It is great for the soul!

  3. I love this. I too have periods of time when my children no longer make me laugh, and it’s easy to beat ourselves up when it happens, but it’s part of the ebb and flow of life. Thanks for sharing your laughter again.

    • Today’s comments have helped me see that it really is part of the ebb and flow of life. I’ve been thankful to learn that I’m not alone and that it’s (seemingly) normal. I hope you can laugh along with me.

  4. I’m glad your kids are making you laugh again! And I’m even more glad that you’re in a better place. No one every warns us that marriage and parenting are downright hard work (if we want the one to last and the other to produce people that others enjoy). It’s ok to not always like your kids (or yourself, for that matter!). But we definitely need to cling to the grace God offers (both for ourselves and for our children).

    • I’ve been wondering if those “I’m not enjoying this” moments happen when I take my mom-job too seriously and think I’m the one who is actually in control of it all. When I feel that way, I know I’m short on Grace (for myself or my kids).

      Marriage and parenting are hard work, but they are so worth it.

  5. Well said. I’m in the grandparenting phase of life with I think pretty much everything my grandkids do is funny. I wish I’d been a little more relaxed when I was parenting. I do remember my kids making me laugh all the time, though. Kids are just pretty darn funny.

    • They are funny, aren’t they. I’m guessing the pure fatigue of parenting makes me totally lose my sense of humor at times. Does that sound about right?

  6. What a great post! Thank you for your honesty. And kids really do have a way of making us laugh don’t they?!?

    • Right up until they tell the same knock knock joke for the 100th time in a day. Around my house it goes
      Knock Knock
      Who’s There?
      Chicken Nugget.
      No punch line. Child starts laughing hysterically the minute they say “chicken nugget.” (SMH)

  7. Love hearing from a mom who loves being a mom. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had and the most fulfilling unfortunately the “other stuff” gets in the way of my joy at times. Thanks for redirecting me.

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