Kid Snippets: Kid Fodder For Blah Days

Blah days. Every parent has them. They can come when the weather has been gray and nasty for days. Or a blah day can come unannounced for no reason whatsoever or because you ate dairy when you shouldn’t have.

But like I said, every parent has ‘em. And when those blah days hit, you need to find a way to entertain your kids so they don’t pick up on the fact that well, Mommy (or Daddy) is a bit out of sorts today.

Because it’s really hard to explain blah days, when you feel too low on energy to do much of anything at all.

In fact, the best remedy for blah days is to hang around on the sofa with a kid or maybe a puppy, some popcorn, and some cute videos to watch. The kid or puppy will provide the endorphins you need to pull out of it, and the videos will entertain you and your child without you needing to do much more than press the play button. The popcorn will help wake up your brain because of all the crunching and chewing (it sounds right anyway—some scientist will say this sooner or later).

As for what KIND of video clips to watch, now that’s easy. We’ve featured Kid Snippets before on the blog and thought we’d trot out some new clips just for you and your child, for those special blah days when all you want to do is veg out on the couch.

In case you don’t remember, the Kid Snippets team takes scripts written by children, based on common child play scenarios and works them up into video clips. Adults act the parts, their mouths and expressions perfectly in synch with the scripts as read by the child authors.

These clips take us back to childhood play, which is why they so deliciously manage to pull you up and out of a blah day. And even if nostalgia fails to work its magic on you, at least your kids will have had a good time.

Hair Salon

Ninja Warrior

Library

Principal’s Office

My Teacher is an Alien

Marriage Counseling

Lunch

Mean School Nurse

Co-Pilots

Blah days suck.  You know it and so do we. But we hope we gave you a laugh or two and that you are now on the road to better times. And oh, hey, pass the popcorn, willya?

Pranks That Rank

Pranks rank. And sometimes pranks are rank. Most of us enjoy watching people on the wrong end of a prank but not so much being the actual victims. Funny to watch? Yes. Funny to get victimized? Not so much.

The thing about pranks is the thing about any good comedy: the thing that makes it funny is the element of surprise. That’s what elicits the reaction. It’s the unexpected that makes us laugh.

In any event, being that this IS a car donation blog, occasionally I feel constrained to actually post something related to, um, cars. But I don’t want to get all serious or anything so I thought I’d post something that isn’t just about cars but is also FUNNY. Hence (I always wanted to use the word “hence” in a sentence), I bring you one of my all-time favorite car prank clips. Being that you’re NOT the victim of this particular prank, I hope you’ll find it amusing.

The thing about pranks is that they’re funny, but also in a certain way, kind of MEAN. Is it nice to play tricks on people? Note that they–the people on the wrong end of this car prank–all look so stunned. I mean, it kind of makes them look well, a bit stupid, you know?

On the other hand, they’re mostly teenagers working part-time jobs. It’s not like they have a ton of life experience. So maybe we can chalk this up as a sort of rite of passage:  a life lesson.

Are Pranks Mean?

What do you think? Is it nice to play pranks on people? What’s the best prank you ever took part in or witnessed? Click HERE to see my candidate for best. Prank. Ever.

Leave a comment below and tell us the best prank you’ve ever seen or taken part in.

Dyslexia Humor

Dyslexia humor. Does it sound like a contradiction in terms? Or did you happen on this blog prepared to become very angry, thinking that someone had a nerve to make fun of dyslexia, which is no fun at all.

Nope. No fun at all. We totally agree here at Kars4Kids. There’s nothing fun about the struggle to read in a world where reading is key to everything we do.

Letting Off Steam

That said we feel that having a sense of humor goes a long way toward releasing pent-up tension, especially toward the end of the week when it seems that if we have to cope with even one more weekday we’ll go out of our minds. The frustration mounts until we’re longing for a way to let off steam, at work or in school. All the more so, for anyone who struggles day in, day out with a learning difference. That might be an adult or a child, a man or a woman. Unfortunately, dyslexia is an equal opportunity thing.

We find that with dyslexia, or with any other learning difficulty, perspective is everything. If you can laugh at yourself for the mistakes you make, you’re more than halfway there to feeling better about yourself. We promise. So take a deep breath and prepare to be amused.

There. Now wasn’t that fun? Since you were such a good sport, we’ll give you another, a particular favorite of ours, here in the K4K office:

Felt good to laugh, right? See? We told you. Sometimes you just gotta laugh to get those endorphins flowing and your mojo back. Reading may be difficult but guess what? You win. Because you’ve kept your sense of humor about you.

Now do a good turn and share this blog piece with someone you know who’s struggling (with reading or something else) and in need of a good laugh. Oh, and before you do that, leave a comment below and tell us if you’re feeling better now. We really hope so. If you like this one, we’ll be happy to bring you more joy in this space.

Your wish is our command.