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Parental Coping Skills: How to Use Humor to Defuse Fights with Your Childby Kim Abraham LMSW and Marney Studaker-Cordner LMSW
As a parent, when all else fails, sometimes all you can do is laugh. But did you also know that finding the humor in a situation is actually a helpful coping skill that, when used correctly, can be very effective? For starters, laughter helps give you some objectivity and allows you to find common ground with your child, even during an interaction that might have been tense and angry moments before. Simply put, it’s hard to be mad and laugh at the same time. As you've probably noticed in your own life, the ability to find the humor in a situation can instantly dissolve a fight or help us relate to one another in a new way.
Laughter should always be about the situation, and not about the person. If you laugh at your child, that can be shaming—and will probably cause his anger to escalate.Cartoon by Creative Commons