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Rhonda is a writer and home operations specialist. She raises three lively boys with her husband.

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  1. Love this! Beyond the fact that this is deftly written, it’s refreshingly candid and sweet. We who have been blessed with children know all too well the reality of dealing with a child’s tantrum. It’s difficult handling those situations correctly because we’re human. Sharing your experience and wisdom is a gift. Good work friend. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Kunta. Did we know our sweet little babies were going to throw down this way? Here’s to less yelling and more laughing.

  2. Hey there Rhonda,

    I can so relate. Sometimes instead of losing my temper I let myself lose my inhibitions and get my goofy on. It’s been a game changer for us too and I love watching how much it surprises the kids. Thanks for the reminder – especially as we head into summer!

    • I’m glad to hear from another mama who can relate, Lisa-Jo. I hope to make this a more consistent game changer. And yes, summer. Here we come. 🙂

  3. Rhonda, this speaks exactly to where I have been this week with my youngest child. We are a family of 5 too and her crying tantrums have been in the morning getting ready for school and when we are in a rush too! I had to chase her around the car the other morning to get her to put her shoes on whilst she was crying cause I had packed her bag and she wanted to do it but she was the last one out of bed and last one to get dressed, what a battle! Then my husband experienced it this morning, and I chased her around the stairs same scenario, oh the frustration and then the guilt for yelling comes…

    Thank you for your post, I am going to try and implement some laughter and sillyness to our morning routine. It is so true happiness comes from a well-fed soul, thank you for your truthful post this morning!

    • Thank you, Jas. I’m glad this is an encouragement to you. I’m praying now for the run-and-chase routine to become a thing of the past, and for yelling to be replaced with laughter at some point. The youngest kids know how to get their attention, one way or another.

  4. I agree 100% that sometimes we just need to find the humor in the situation and all the tension, emotion, etc dissipates. Often your kids need it just as much as you do!

  5. I love this! We take ourselves way too seriously. As my husband always says, “you’re too hard on yourself”, and he’s right. I’ve started noticing the hilariousness in life’s situations & stresses alot more after dealing with some suffering. Life is SO MUCH MORE FUN when we can see the humor in it and just laugh! 😀

    • I take myself too seriously, too. We have to giggle a bit. It’s a much better legacy to leave children than one of yelling and tension. I’m still working to change it.

  6. My children are all grown and my grandchildren are growing up. The thing I would do if I could go back is make our family more fun–not that it was terrible, but I do believe humor can defuse many situations. Great post.