Tips for being a more light-hearted parent.

Here is some great advice from Gretchen Rubin on being a more light-hearted parent: less nagging, more laughing. Here are some tips—many suggested by her friends—that have helped.

1. At least once a day, make each child helpless with laughter.
2. Folk wisdom holds that unless you want to do something every day, never do it three times in a row. So when the Big Girl had the flu, I lay in bed with her until she fell asleep for two nights. But not three nights.
3. Sing in the morning. It’s hard both to sing and to maintain a grouchy mood, and it sets a happy tone for everyone—particularly in my case, because I’m tone deaf and my audience finds my singing a source of great hilarity.

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