Perfection vs. Fun
There is such pressure for performance and perfection in today’s culture, from how we perform at work/school to our appearance. A great way to defuse this pressure is family fun. Especially fun at a parent’s expense, this helps model for a child how not to take themselves to seriously. In our house this was Dad. Dad made sure that he rigged it so that he lost most of the games we played. He then would make a huge show of loosing meaning that he would burst into tears or being silly throw a temper tantrum. There were many creative ways to have us all hysterically laughing. It seems he took it as a challenge if one of us was in a bad mood to do something ridiculous to make us laugh. There was even several times that he “fell asleep” at the breakfast table and got oatmeal all over his face. This was a great lesson for us in how its ok to be silly and to laugh at yourself.