Hanging on with Humor

When we’re drowning in maladpative behaviors, sometimes the only thing we can do is grasp at a humor straw. It’s like the old adage, “You can either laugh or cry.” While crying has its place, laughing can often pull our kids out of dysregulation.


Next time you think you might go crazy, throw caution into the wind and hang onto humor.

  • Start spouting off non-sense, rhyming word pairs–tickle pickle, hairy fairy, sunny honey.
  • Sing a silly song. The more dramatic the better.
  • Do an interpretive dance to the constant chatter.
  • Personify manners and appropriate behavior. Ask if they are on vacation and when they will return.
  • Practice your foreign accents.
  • Use funny lines from familiar movies. (e.g., “You keep saying that. I do not think it means what you think it means.”)
  • Make inanimate objects talk.
  • Sing all your words an encourage bickering siblings to do the same.

What is your favorite silly humor tactic? Bonus points if you know the movie quoted above.

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