“Don’t take life too seriously…you will never get out alive.” – Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder – 2002)
About Justin Worsham
Justin Worsham is a family man and professional comedian from Modesto, CA. His three albums, “I’m a Good Husband,” “Paternally Challenged,” and “I Love My Kids…I Swear” are featured on Blue Collar Radio on SiriusXM. Justin has also been seen on Comic Without Borders with Russell Peters on Showtime and Played Jimmy Kimmel in Not Another Celebrity Movie. Justin also host a comedy podcast for Dads called “The Dad Podcast” that is featured as one of Stitcher’s Top Parenting podcasts and another podcast for CBS Play.It Network, “Justin is Married Booker is Single.” In addition to his stand up and shows he works as a Voice Over Actor and Producer at KFI 640AM for iHeart Media. He now makes his home in Burbank, CA with his High School sweetheart and their two boys.
Check him out at www.JustinComedy.com
Discover how taking things too seriously can make our journey as a dad unbearable at times
Learn how to find the humor in a chaotic situation
Comedy can truly improve our journey as father
Fatherhood is not perfection
Raising young kids can seem like a house full of drunks
If you think about everyday fatherhood, there are so many situations where we can find humor. For instance, I have three boys (Ethan 9, Mason 7, and Lawson 20 months). My wife and I joke at times that raising young boys can sometimes feel like a house full of drunk fraternity brothers. For example, someone at some point is always missing a shoe. Someone at some point is always hungry for pancakes late at night. Someone at some point doesn’t have pants on. To top it all off, there isn’t a day that goes by where someone isn’t farting in someone’s face and laughing hysterically. Finally, the way kids can sometimes bluntly announce their state of being:” I WANT CRACKERS! I’M THIRSTY!!”
Parenting doesn’t have to be all sunshine and rainbows
One of the coolest takeaways from this episode is Justin’s view on how messy and crazy parenting can be at times. However, on the exterior, we all want to demonstrate that our personal world of parenting doesn’t ever drive us crazy at times. The reality is parenting is rewarding. However, there are times where we feel challenged, annoyed, and absolutely defeated. It’s in those times of annoyance and defeat, we can step outside ourselves and try and find the humor in any situation. For example, have you ever just listened to your little kids talking to each other in the backseat while you are driving? Usually the conversation is about farts, poop, burps, boogers…you name it. While at times hearing that stuff is so annoying and it can be like nails down a chalkboard, you have to admit, there is definitely humor there. Again…”little drunk people.”
You can use your humor to raise your kids
Life is going to throw even the best parents some crazy curveballs. For the most part, we can take life and stress so seriously. Having that mentality is a recipe for disaster. Justin shares one of the best ways to lighten a serious situation is to simply cracking a joke about it. At times, it’s better to crack a joke when our buttons are pushed instead of reacting in a negative way. For example, Justin shared a story with us about a time when he blew out his father’s speakers when he was five years old. Instead of his dad yelling, screaming, or spanking him; his dad simply said, “You know, you actually had an older brother and sister who did the same thing…you have never met them because I killed them. So, keep that in mind.” As crazy you think that comment might be, think of how that comment probably lightened the situation. Justin’s dad could have reacted in a very negative way. Spanking, yelling, screaming, etc. could have been the result.
“Think about farts when you are taking a bath!” – Justin Worsham
There are several times throughout the day where our patience is tested with our kids because we need them to do something (whatever that something is) and they have a different agenda. If we mess with their agenda, we tend to get a pretty upset reaction! At times, when our kids get upset, we get upset. When we get upset (yell, scream, and react) we can actually make the situation worse.
However, if we take a different approach and distract them from their behavior, we will usually get a very different reaction when we mess with our kid’s agenda. For you to really get where I am going with this, check out the audio portion of the show around minute 42:00. Justin explains this whole situation way better than I can describe it here.
“Don’t take your parenting journey too seriously…you will never get out alive” – Larry Hagner
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Twitter Link: @DadPodcast
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