Do you find your house overrun with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents every Thanksgiving? People who like to spend the evening arguing about who is the best football player, or which TV sitcom is the funniest? Do you have to fight your way to the bathroom every morning when your dad, brother and your family cat want to go at the same time as you do? Do you wonder why your favorite lipstick magically disappears from your closet only to reappear in your sister's purse? If shouting matches and banging doors are common episodes in your family, don't worry. Your family is not crazy.
Families Are Not Like Those on TV Shows
You come across many crazy families on TV shows. The Simpsons is a classic parody of middle class American families. Full House is a candy-sweet sitcom where the characters are so unbelievably cute that you begin to wish you were a part of that family. Modern Family is a popular TV show that depicts crazy, wacky families. Animated comedies like Family Guy and South Park created a new wave of American dysfunctional family humor. Funny families became fashionable.
Each Family Member Is Special
If you think that your family is weird, look around you. All families have their own quirks. Perhaps your annoying sister has a fetish for shoes, but she is also a loving and caring person. You may call your mother a worrywart, but you have to admit that she truly cares for you. So, you think your father is a control freak? If he weren't a pillar of strength, your family would have disintegrated long ago. In short, each member of your family contributes to your well being.
Family Rules Help Build Character
Every family has its own set of rules. Your parents set these rules to enforce decorum and discipline. You may think that your family has rigid and conservative values, but these family values help define your identity and give you a social standing. When you compromise on these values, your integrity gets eroded. Family values such as love, trust, mutual respect, and honesty help you through life. It is important to uphold values that build character.
Your Family Misses You When You Are Away
If you were to ignore the mild annoyances, you may find your family funny and interesting. Isn't it funny how you miss your family when you have to stay away from home for a few days, though when you were together you secretly wished to get away from them? As American actor and comedian George Burns puts it, "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." Your family also misses you when you are away from home. You may not realize how much your presence means to your family. As the proverb goes, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
Families Bond When They Share Humor
Laughter brings families closer. When you share a joke or a funny quote with your family, you strengthen the bond between your family and you. Siblings forget their war, parents loosen up, and grandparents feel connected with the rest of the family. Make humor a daily family affair. Encourage children to share jokes, funny quotes, or interesting tidbits at dinnertime to make family meetings lively. When you have a large family gathering during Christmas or Easter, prepare a funny speech or a poem that will keep your relatives in splits. Here are some funny family quotes to spice up family occasions.
Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.
Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers.
Adults are obsolete children.
James T. Adams
Any astronomer can predict with absolute accuracy just where every star in the universe will be at 11:30 tonight. He can make no such prediction about his teenage daughter.
Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
Diaper backwards spells repaid. Think about it.
Graduation speeches were invented largely in the belief that college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
How I see it is that men get one night of pleasure, and we get nine months of putting them through hell and getting away with it.
First we are children to our parents, then parents to our children, then parents to our parents, then children to our children.
Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.
Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.
Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.
It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snowblower or vacuum cleaner.
Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, and hold our breath, and hope we’ve set aside enough money to pay for our kids’ therapy.
Our childhood is what we spend the rest of our lives overcoming.
Raising a kid is part joy and part guerilla warfare.
The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.