Lighten Up!

The harsh reality that we often take ourselves too seriously came into the discussion during my fun chat with comedian Kate Davis on the radio this week.

We have the seriously important job raising our children, but does that mean we have to be straight-laced, poker-faced, adults who have forgotten how to have fun?


How about  shocking those kid-lings with a little humour and showing them we’ve got a silly side too?


  • throwing out a British accent when trying to get the kids to do their chores
  • starting a grand Old Duke of York march when sheparding them out to the car
  • having dinner without cutlery
  • have a backwards day
Add your own ideas but the key it to be purposeful about it – if you are waiting for the fun gods to descend upon you, you may have a long wait in store. Go out and grab fun by the horns and create a fun ride!
Kate sent these Balancing Life with Humour Tips over for you.
  • We all deal with stress differently: Today’s crisis is tomorrows great joke.
  • Doing what you love: Finding what you love can be hard work, the key is to always try new stuff and find not only what you enjoy but also something you admire. Whether it’s a new language, pottery classes, writing, joining a community theatre… Always be producing even it it’s for 5 minutes a day. This is key to balancing your life.
  • Get Rid of the “Shoulds” replace them with “Coulds”: Once you accept where you are, you are able to be more present to the life you are in and that’s when you can change everything.
  • Bringing Humour Into Our Lives: We choose anger because we don’t know what else to do to get the results we want. Whether it’s in the playroom or in the boardroom. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Humour makes people act nicer to each other. Humour motivates people to work harder and feel better about themselves. Humour thrives on inclusivity and so does the workplace.
  • Always Listen to Yourself: Your intuition will always lead to answers and your fear and guilt will always lead to more questions. Whether it’s a feeling in your stomach or a voice in your head. Never second-guess your internal compass.
  • Put a twist on what stresses you/ exaggerate your stress
  • Laughter wasn’t created in a vacuum it needs people to spread it
  • Laugh out loud
  • Fun cancels out stress and brings everyone into the moment
  • Let of your the inner critic
  • Live life to your fullest potential and follow your dreams
You can listen to our CJOB radio conversation here as  a podcast:      June 14, 2013.
Of course we won’t have the energy  to have fun or be funny if we haven’t been taking care of ourselves first. Kate had a great line, “Your leisure time should not be folding laundry.”
Make sure to take regular short break from Mommy-hood to reconnect with yourself.

Best,  Steph

Stephanie Staples is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success and an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker. She empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.  You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching, speaking and professional MC services at


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