Use Humor to Defuse a Fight
Parents who have a sense of humor during tense, stressful situations may make their child feel more accepted, less anxious, and better able to regulate his emotions, say researchers. No kidding. Here is a refresher course for some parents who may have lost their sense of humor:
Son: Dad, about the new car...
Dad: You mean, did I hear the one about the new car?
Son: Yeah, the new car without a right fender and a scratch on the passenger door!
Dad: Ho, ho, ho!