“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby. Is being a comedian part of a parent’s job description? Are we supposed to make our children laugh and giggle with joy?
We will have ample opportunity to worry about our children for the remainder of our lives. The counterbalance to those worrisome things is the opportunity we have to fill our kids with joy. We can teach how to find the silver lining in most situations by finding the humor inside of it. Our kids keenly observe how we react in situations and they will follow our example later in life. Think about that the next time rage wells up inside you in a moment of misfortune, and consider Mr. Cosby’s advice as an alternate plan of action.
For example, playing a good prank on your family, if done correctly, is a great way to lighten the mood in the house and create laughter. There must be an element of surprise for the prank to be successful. Remember though, your goal is laughter not hurt feelings. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating fun pranks, but here are 4 fun suggestions to get you started.
1. The Ketchup Volcano
We give you fair warning that this prank is messy! You’ll need a ½ full bottle of ketchup and some baking soda. First, turn the bottle upside down allowing the ketchup to run to the top (critical). Next, put (2) spoonful’s of baking soda in the bottle as soon as you turn it right side up (Make sure the ketchup is still on the sides of the bottle). Put the cap back on and allow time for the ketchup to run back down and cover the baking soda. Do not shake the bottle! The vinegar in the ketchup mixed with the baking soda creates a volcano waiting to happen. When your victim goes for the ketchup, and this is a perfect prank to play on a teenage son because he’s most likely to take it the best, he will grab the ketchup and shake it. When he opens that cap, stand back!
2. The Repugnant Peanut
You will need a bag of chocolate peanuts and your camera. Film yourself as you suck the chocolate from each peanut and spit them into a bowl. While watching TV with your victim, offer the peanuts as a snack. After your victim eats the peanuts, show him the video. YUCK!!! If that seems too gross for you, serve clean peanuts and only make your victim think you gave them the nasty ones.
3. The Hidden Alarm Clock
This is a simple prank and all you need is an old fashioned wind up alarm clock. On a weekend night (not a school night), set the alarm for 3 am and hide it in the room of your victim. Maybe put it in a dresser drawer slightly cracked open. They will be tearing apart the room in a sleepy fit trying to turn it off.
4. The Bedtime Switcheroo
This one is perfect for a parent with younger children who sleep heavy. Wait until the kids are fast asleep and then move them into each other’s beds. Make sure you are there when they wake up. The look on their sweet confused faces when they look around is priceless. Then give big hugs and laughs and let them know it was only a game.
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Huddle Up Question
Watch this funny video together. Then ask, what do I wear that makes me look silly?