Quick Tip

Find the Humor (a.k.a. The Banana Peel Perspective)

Banana Peel

If you look for it, almost every scenario has a silver lining – and a banana peel perspective. The silver lining is the positive way of looking at any situation (cue the violins playing in the background). The banana peel is the comedic perspective (cue the wa-wa horns).

When we don’t take things too seriously – when we look for the humor in a situation — we can often lighten up enough to avoid the stress cycle and manage whatever comes at us with more calm. That doesn’t mean that we ignore “serious” situations – but that we use a filter to avoid seeing everything as overly serious! AND, even when something is serious, we still allow ourselves to use laughter where possible to lighten the load.

As parents, we are in this for the long haul, and we have to expect our kids to do some “stupid” things over time. It’s part of their job description. The more we laugh, and help them begin to see the banana peel perspective when things don’t go their way (or our way for that matter), the easier life will be for the whole family. Oh, and one more thing. It works for adults when we do “stupid” things, too!

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