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"Laughter is the best medicine"

My daughter was five and I took her to the store with me - I told her that she could pick one candy for being so good.  Well, she took a bite out of one then and put it back to "taste another one". I told her "no" and she threw a fit - kicking, screaming and crying on the floor.  I had to get in line to pay for the candy she had bit into.  I was white knuckling it on the cart when I felt a tap on the shoulder. I turned around and a little old lady asked me if I wanted her to run my daughter over with her cart for me.  That little bit of humor was exactly what I needed and I was able to get control of my emotions and chuckle.  Laughter CAN diffuse a lot of the stresses of being a parent.  Sometimes all it takes is a stranger to remind you that there is a humorous side to the situation.

submitted by Pat S.

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