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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