Disclosure: I have received information and products from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks.
The past couple weeks have been pretty tough here at Two Kids and a Coupon and for our extended family. In addition to having the kids in our life sick with flu, colds and strep throat we’ve also had the death of a close family member. Between being sick and losing their “Papa”, the kids we love, haven’t had much to smile about lately. While the illnesses have passed and the sadness will also eventually, it has been great to see the kids we love smile the last few days, even if it’s only been for a few moments. If you’re also looking for ways to cheer up your kids or to get them to smile, here are a few tips.
Play Kid Friendly Stand Up Comic
To give the kids in your life some smiles and laughs, learn some kid friendly and appropriate humor for their age level. It might be as simple as peek-a-boo or knock-knock jokes to something a little more advanced or corny. Google jokes and gags to keep them laughing, keep it clean and watch them break out into grins and even belly laughs.
Do Something Unexpected
Are you always in a suit and tie? Come to breakfast in a clown suit. Always have cereal and toast for breakfast? Why not for once have ice cream sundaes? Do something totally different and crazy to surprise your kids and to make them happy.
Have an Adventure
Whether it’s four wheeling in the back yard like my son and nephew in the photo above, fighting imaginary pirates or dragons, or taking a nature hike in the woods on a quest for adventure, head outside and help your kids find something new and different to smile about.
Take a Family Day
Has the outside world and activities taken over your family time and made your kids stressed out? Take a family day where no work, school or extra-curricular activities are allowed. Let each family member pick something special they want to do and spend the day spending time with each other unplugged from technology and away from other stressors.
Create Inside Jokes
Every family has secrets, and every family can have inside jokes as well. It doesn’t have to be anything big, or serious, or even that particularly funny. Just something special that means something just to your family that no one else would get our understand. Ours are often crazy and nonsense things that our kids have said, or silly things that have happened, but when we bring them up or mention them, everyone laughs and smiles just at the thought. The inside jokes bring our family closer together and help us smile even when times are tough.
The folks at TYLENOL® were recently inspired by the smiling photos that parents post online of their children every day and have launched a new SMILING IT FORWARD™ campaign as a simple way to share those adorable, smiling photos for a good cause.
The power of SMILING IT FORWARD™ was set in motion recently by How I Met Your Mother star and social media mother of two, Alyson Hannigan. By sharing the first “smile” of her two daughters Satyana, 4, and Keeva, 1, Hannigan triggered the first donation from TYLENOL® to Children’s Health Fund, an organization well-known for its mobile medical clinics that provide healthcare services to underserved children throughout the U.S.
Now, until mid-January, moms across the country can join in by sharing their own smiles at SmilingItForward.com, prompting TYLENOL® to make a $1 donation to Children’s Health Fund, up to $100,000, helping to ensure a doctor’s visit is always within reach for children in need. Each photo approved & shared will trigger a $1.00 donation from TYLENOL® to Children’s Health Fund
Be sure to upload a photo that makes you smile on the SMILING IT FORWARD™ website for TYLENOL® to donate a smile for you! In addition to to sharing photos, you can also learn more about Alyson Hannigan and Children’s Health Fund, and receive tips from leading pediatrician, Dr. Tanya Altmann, about keeping families smiling through cold and flu season.
What makes your kids smile?