A sick father’s best friend

In the house of sickness and fever it feels like we’ve weathered a storm, the last week, and we are finally seeing the shore on the other side. While I have been feeling better and better each day that does not mean I have been feeling particularly great. So when it came time for our housemate to make dinner I was tasked with entraining my two boys, the charge, and his cousin hanging out with us for the day. Four kids is tough when your feeling great but when your feeling sick it is a real challenge so I called in a middle reliever to get us over that crazy time just before dinner. Is this a crazy time for other parents too? I don’t know what happens to the kids at about 4:45 but they start to get whiny, or hyper, or needy, or violent, or some other thing that requires near constant attention.

Well today I got the kids lined up with small popcorn bowls and turned on Ice Age mid way through the movie, tossed a blanket on them and hoped that the cool of the basement + the warmth of the blanket + the distraction of the movie + the taste of the popcorn would = safe passage through crazy town, and it did. I got full credit for managing the kids while I was feeling sick and while our housemate finished dinner with some quick planning but minimal effort. Think smarter not harder. Now I don’t want to have kids raised by TV  but there are times when there is no better friend to have than a well timed DVD, am I right?
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  11 comments for “A sick father’s best friend

  1. 04/02/2010 at 6:00 am

    Brave soul you are for enduring four kids while sick. At least they can entertain themselves for most of the day.
    .-= Mr. Man´s last blog ..The Shot =-.

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  2. 04/02/2010 at 6:01 am

    Hey!

    There is no weapon in the armoury of a parent greater than a well placed DVD. Well apart from a pair of eager grandparents!

    Mark
    .-= @readsmallprint´s last blog ..Gobbledegook =-.

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  3. 04/02/2010 at 8:33 am

    4 sick children and a sick you? Hats off to you, my friend. I thought it was bad enough having one sick child and just starting to get sick myself. 🙂

    It’s good to know a well-timed DVD works as well with children as it does for me.
    .-= Twistedxtian´s last blog ..Welcome to the Wonderful World of Solids! =-.

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  4. 04/02/2010 at 8:48 am

    I’m in total agreement with @readsmallprint. There is no greater weapon than the grandparents.
    .-= @TheDADvocate´s last blog ..IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING A NEW LOOK AND FEEL =-.

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  5. carlos
    04/02/2010 at 9:45 am

    TV, the best middle reliever in the biz.

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  6. 04/02/2010 at 10:33 am

    A hundred percent agree that in those needed moments a good kids movie is clutch. On the opposite coast we have been making our way out of a head cold spell. Fantastic Mr. Fox and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs have helped give us some much needed quiet time.
    .-= Edathomedad´s last blog ..So your kinda of like a Mom? =-.

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  7. 04/02/2010 at 11:02 am

    Yup. 4:45. Choo Choo. All aboard the crazy train.

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  8. 04/02/2010 at 2:55 pm

    We don’t usually let Lukas watch much media, but when he is sick he gets as many videos as he wants.
    .-= Seattledad (Luke, I am Your Father)´s last blog ..Unprepared for the Big One =-.

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  9. 04/02/2010 at 3:59 pm

    Raising a TV addicted couch potato is bad. But let’s face it, for most normal parents TV is occasionally a lifesaver. At least for me it is.
    .-= Daddy Files´s last blog ..Will 2.0 =-.

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  10. 04/02/2010 at 7:27 pm

    Parenting while sick is no fun at all. And you’ve got 4! I plunk my kids in front of the nintendo when I’m sick. Thank god for modern technology.
    .-= Keith Wilcox´s last blog ..Rabbits are not Easter Toys =-.

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  11. 04/03/2010 at 9:05 am

    Odd. I thought chilled Jack Daniels and some really nasty porn were a sick father’s best friend. Apparently I was (once again) mistaken…

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