My Most Valuable Parenting Tool

Over 15 years of parenting three kids, I’ve collected a wide range of parenting tools. I’ve got redirection. I’ve got positive reinforcement. I’ve got time-ins and time-outs. I’ve got my “I mean business” glare. I’ve got the whole kaboodle, right here in my tool belt.

And if you were to ask me the most valuable one of the bunch? The one I’d ditch the rest for and ride into the sunset with, all happily-ever-after-like?

Humor. That’s it. Hands down. The best tool in the bunch.

Maybe it’s because I’m naturally so goldarned funny, or maybe it’s because life with children gives you all the material you need. But humor has saved my (and my kids’) proverbial bacon more times than I can count . . .

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Annie writes about life, motherhood, world issues, beautiful places, and anything else that tickles her brain. On good days, she enjoys juggling life with her husband and homeschooling her children. On bad days, she binges on chocolate chips and dreams of traveling the world alone.

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