Are you overdoing the jokes and clowning around with your grandkids?
One of the most difficult issues facing grandparents today is what role do we play?
There are no hard and fast rules for being a great grandparent. There are many different roles we play over time we are grandparents.
In What role do grandparents play in today’s changing world? we discussed much has changed and how difficult it might be to know what to do in regards to being a good grandparent.
Today we are going to look at the joker or the clown
Is it okay to be funny all the time?
If you find yourself sharing ‘dad jokes’ all the time or mucking around with your grandchildren regardless of what is happening around you, you are playing the role of the clown.
The clown or jester is a lot of fun, and I would recommend everyone learns how to be the clown at some point or another. It can be a very liberating experience.
Don’t wear yourself out
However, being the clown can be tiring. It takes a lot of energy to exist in a heightened state of excitement both mentally and physically. There is no quiet or downtime when you’re playing the clown to your grandchildren. Well, not until you part company with them. Then you are going to be too tired to enjoy time with your spouse or doing the things you want to do.
Jokes and pranks can become stale if overused. My mother is 85 years old, and repeats the same witty quips she has been saying for the past 50+ years. We all smile and nod when she delivers them, but even my children become drained from hearing the same lines over and over again.
Are you being a good role model?
If you are playing the clown all the time you may be modelling inappropriate behavior. It is true that everyone loves the clown, but humor and pranks have their place. They are not appropriate during solemn events, and can interrupt quiet times such as bedtimes and reading times.
While we adults understand this, it may take a child many years to. In the meantime, they are often left confused and frustrated if the clown turns off and is not performing as usual.
They want to be amused and they want to laugh, so it’s important to tone done the jokes and tickling sometimes, and show your grandchildren how they can modify their behavior to suit different times.
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