A Special Message for Dads

Sunday afternoon.

Mom is off on an afternoon shopping trip, while I am at home with the energetic kiddos.

Dad will need all of his patience.

His creative energies.

And his peace-making skills.

But it is Sunday--pro football is on television.

How can a dad mediate those complex child disputes and promote physical activity, yet still see a touchdown or two?

Hire a skilled negotiator?  A personal trainer?

Bribe the kids?

No.

One retro tool provides a father with a much needed solution.

A one-size-fits-all remedy.

Oh yeah: Socker or Sock'em Boppers.


Jab.

Pow.

Smack.

Three kids and three pairs of Boppers.

Dad sees some NFL action.

And the munchkins get some good exercise resolving their disputes.

Hospitals should issue these to new dads with instructions to open in three years. 

30 comments:

Suz said...

Are they still allowed to sell those things? They encourage, you know, VIOLENCE, and, and, well somebody could get, you know, HURT!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Good idea! My stepkids knock each other silly when they're bored. Sock'em Boppers wouldn't be as cruel as bony knuckles! It's a plastic pillow fight...

Brian Miller said...

ha...all about it...and as a dad, i have been there...we have some mad nerf gun fights in the house, hide and seek and i keep the game on and just might get caught early during critical plays so i can sit at base...smiles.

Pat Hatt said...

haha those were great, although my old cat put a hole in them..haha...those noodles you use for swimming work well too, although the sting quite a bit

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

LOL, I'm sure my boys would enjoy those!

Hilary said...

Does it come with a tube of Crazy Glue to repair all of the items they'll knock over in the process? ;)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Does the mom know that Dad is thinking of bribing the kids?? So, smart Dad finally gets to see some NFL action even in the midst of baby sitting or kids sitting.

julie fedderson said...

I need those now! My kids wrestle all the time and inevitably someone comes to me bawling. These might be the solution. Or I could encase them in those sumo suits.

SuziCate said...

Love this...my kids had those when they were little, but as I recall they also started a few disputes!

Theresa Milstein said...

Glad you found a solution. If I tried that at home, I think it would end in tears.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

LOL. My kids would go crazy for those! I can just see them in the backyard all day, whacking each other around. Must. Buy. Some. :-)

Little Ms. Fun said...

hahaha such a simple solution! How does no one else think of that? Your blog might go viral next Sunday when a bunch of other dads are perplexed with a similiar situation! haha

Stephanie D said...

Well done, dad....or you could just teach them about football, like my dad did. :)

Ciara said...

Love this!!! I need to order me some of those. I have three boys. :)

Dawn said...

Hahaha...well I guess that is one creative way to amuse;) My 3 guys would love these!

Clarissa Draper said...

Also should be issued to married couples.

The Blonde Duck said...

This would be great for marriage counseling, mom/daughter disputes....

Stephen Tremp said...

My kids want these for Christmas. We had them ,or something like them. You can really pack a wallop with one. Don't let the tameness of the commercials fool you. Three siblings and myself would have lots of fun with them.

StrongNHim said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate the comment and the read! Come back..

I love your post. Those things are awesome!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Cripes, I thought they were on the BANNED-TOY LIST...LOL
They still make them...amazing!

I like Brian's NERF-GUN idea...just be sure to to nail any of Mom's "breakables"...!

Yet, in a pinch, you "could" always teach the kids about tools and home repair...via the DUCT TAPE Initiative.
The Handy-Dad's SECRET WEAPON.

Just duct tape the kids to the dining room chairs, put them in front of the TV with THE VIEW on...and watch the "fun".
Glazed eyes and deadpan stares all around.
They will NEVER misbehave again.

Good post and comments by all.

Stay safe out there.

Kristin said...

I'll have to tell the hubs! : )

Jeanette Levellie said...

I want some!

Jeanette Levellie said...

I see nothing wrong with rewarding kids for playing quietly while dad or mom gets something done. If you did it every day, I'd say boo, but for one game? No problem.

Bonnie said...

Sock 'em Boppers solve everything. At least they did when I was a kid.


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oceangirl said...

Moms could use them too, but my boyz are men.

Miranda Hardy said...

Love this idea! Good for you, being so creative.

vanyelmoon said...

We should just duct-tape padding around kids these days. I saw a little girl at the playground the other day push her little brother down and when he started crying, began jumping on him. And I'm not saying the play kind of jumping, more like the WWF body slam. The mother was oblivious on the other side of the playground where she couldn't see her kids. I had to run over and let her know before a homicide occured. Wow.

terri said...

I remember those! I think my kids even had some of those.

Next time there's a game you want to see, maybe you can find some of those creepy inflatable clowns with the weighted base. Also made for punching and probably involves fewer screams for Dad's mediation skills.

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rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Ok,the Sock'em Boppers are now on my wish list.