There is no denying that parenting is an extremely challenging, hair-raising and stressful task. Amidst the trauma, tears and tantrums, there comes a time when all you want, even more than that gargantuan bar of chocolate, is a good laugh. A snigger, a chuckle, a side-splitting, gut-busting, rip-roaring belly laugh to make you feel human again.
We parents are a resilient lot. And we have an extremely evolved sense of humour. Who but a parent can see the funny side of midnight awakenings and smelly nappies! Perhaps it is the sleep deprivation that lends itself to this ridiculous ability to laugh at the downright dull and mundane. Perhaps we just carry on where our children leave off giggling over wees, poos and hair in funny places.
So when the shenanigans have taken their toll and you are seeking solace in a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, what better than to laugh it all off with your fellows.
This round-up is an attempt to bring together all things humorous and put them in one place. So you know where to look when you need a giggle, if only to offset a cranky adult/teen/pre-teen/child/toddler/baby/infant/newborn.
Talking of which, were you aware that three is the new thirteen? Em at Snowing Indoors talks us through all the telltale signs of a threenager, so you know what to look out for if you own one or are likely to in the future. Forewarned is forearmed!
Nell at Pigeon Pair and Me gives us a lowdown on typical injuries to expect when you are a parent and the all too familiar primary reason behind most of them, so that you are better equipped the next time you tackle your tot.
Just a Normal Mummy does a graphic poetic take on the ups and downs surrounding the arrival of her second bundle of joy.
As for me at Rambling Through Parenthood, I give you a dozen reasons why parenthood is such a joyous state of existence. Or very nearly so.
If you feel inclined to relive the chaos that surrounds a school run, or watch it as an impartial third-party observer, Carry on Katy gives you a minute-by-minute account of events as they unfolded on the second day of their school term.
And if you ever needed reminding of what life was before kids, Cathie from Wicked World of Lucas does so rather eloquently. And then goes on to paint a pretty picture of what it looks like after. Pretty? A house with kids? Did I just say that? Sticking with the ‘before and after’ theme, Mummy Travels writes about how travel habits change after kids.
Vanessa at A Happy Healthy Mum reminded me why I need to start training for the Iron Man (or Woman, as the case may be). Anything that gets me to George Clooney’s front door, run, swim, cycle, walk on water.
While I was busy swooning over Mr. Clooney, Plutonium Sox postulated a conspiracy theory. It explains a few things if you, like us, are a single child family.
Now for a slice of adult humour. Well, as adult as it gets in the parenting world, anyway. Killer With a Mouse has a hilarious anecdote about the effect January sales, or life in general, can have on the best of us. Heather from Note From Lapland continues the X-rated theme with a very vivid description of the perils of using hair removal cream.
On a less saucy note, are you one of those parents who often indulge in long, relaxing baths? Or dream of having one? Hodge Podge Days has a list of specific do’s and don’ts that could make all the difference to your precious ‘me’ time. While on the subject of bathrooms, The World According to Izzie offers guidance on using public toilets.
Moving swiftly on to another subject, those of explosive poos. Cardiff Mummy has a bunch of milestones you wish your precious little angel had never achieved.
While Learner Mama vents her fury against some well-loved kids’ characters, Stopping at Two comes up with a brilliant money-saving activity centre guaranteed to provide lots of fun at minimal cost. If you do not consider a scratched, prodded and poked Mummy a high price to pay for hours of toddler fun.
And Californian Mum in London enlists reasons why toddlers are really quite similar to rock stars.
You think you have heard it all? Wait till you check out what Swords and Snoodles has been saying to her boys! In case it had slipped your mind, Kerry from My Boys and Me gives you a list of signs that indicate you have been parenting boys. And Raising Mighty Girls gets a wake up call to hit the gym, thanks to her little girl.
That’s about it for now. I hope there is enough here to keep you in good spirits till the next instalment of all things funny. In the meantime, if you think you have spotted some funnies in your writing or in someone else’s, please tweet me at @vaichin. Until then, keeeeep chuckling! (Sorry, had to do it)