Infographic: 6 Tips To Defeat Dad Bod

The new “dad bod” trend is a perfect example of shooting an arrow and drawing a bullseye around it. But no matter how you spin it, nearly 3 of 4 men are considered overweight in America, and basing your health goals on a #hashtag is not the best idea. It may work for Leonardo DiCaprio, but let’s be honest … you’re not Leo.

6 Tips To Defeat Dad Bod – An infographic by the team at Positive Promotions

After Being Sick It’s Hard To Go Back To Life

Remember sick days as a kid? Sure, we all do. Not having to go to school, special treats and not having to go to school. For Charlie, he was home sick for two days this week and even though he is just in daycare, to him it’s school.

Another sick day for this hot mess. #fever #sickday #thankyounetflix

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So it was without surprise that this morning, even though the fever had lifted, he was not very pleased about heading back to real life. No more home days with dad watching TV, playing cars, colouring on demand and long and cozy naps. Hell, I would be putting up a stink too.

But the truth was, it was time for Charlie to go back to life, back to reality.

Every time he showed a glimpse of being content and happy, it was like the actor in him had to put on a display of sadness and disappointment.

The entire walk to school was silent other than a defiant “NO” to every question I asked him. It’s easy to tell when he is being difficult because normally he would never say no to the question of whether he liked trains. He loves trains.

That love of trains was clear over the two days he was squatting on the couch flip-flopping between Thomas and Chuggington on Netflix.

Let his school take on the grump and snap him back to reality. Let his friends sooth his mood to the point where he remembers that he really likes school. Trust me, he has more fun there than he does with me.

Well it's better than just watching TV. #sickday

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Besides, I needed a break. Here are some of my thoughts and experiences.

  • Every time I tried to do something, Charlie would stop watching his show and want to join me.
  • Every time I made him what he wanted to eat, he did not eat it.
  • I wanted my place on the couch back.
  • His “blankie” smelled like ass and I wanted it away from me.
  • Who knew changing out of jams was the end of the world.
  • Charlie now thinks chocolate milk is magic. Maybe it is the Tylenol mixed in.
  • The kid is getting way too heavy to carry around every where.
  • At least he announced when he had to pee. I carried him to the potty and pee happened.
  • The one amazing help to me was he actually slept great during his two days of sick.

No call from his school yet. Maybe he has turned his frown upside down? Maybe he is eating and having a great time? Who knows. All I do know is that he is not at home and life can return to normal……….until the next sick day which could very well be tomorrow.

The Brotherhood Of The Shrinking Pants

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When you see your kids every day, it’s really hard to notice their changes and overall growth. But for those who don’t see them very often, it is crystal clear.

Looking at older photos helps, you catch a glimpse of a new face or longer hair, but it’s hard to keep track just by staring your sons or daughters in the eye.

For me, I keep track of their growth in particular by the length of their pants. And for both our boys, they are stars in their own movie called The Brotherhood of the Shrinking Pants.

We can’t keep up. We have two legitimate weeds growing in our house. Weeds that I will never pull.

Harrison is the leader. He is going on six and is a tall drink of water. He is a clone of myself for sure. I was 6’5 at the age of 12. He is going to beat that.

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10 Ways To Make A Sick Day Fun For Your Kids

The day starts out as normal. Alarm, snooze, alarm, start coffee, check the weather and then go and wake up the kids. This is what my wife does every morning Monday to Friday. I am a lucky guy. I wake up a bit later and do a second run that takes over once breakfast is over.

But that well-oiled routine can be put on ice thanks to one uncontrollable act of nature. A sick kid. Before even moving them, you can just tell that are not well. You touch them and feel the heat of a fever through their jams. You secretly hope that just getting them up and going will fix all, but you know it won’t. A sick day is looming. Daycare is not going to want a burning hot kid.

Then the brain negotiation with yourself begins. Can I stay home. What work would be missed? Any meetings?

Ever since becoming parents, my wife and I have been pretty good about splitting the days of work missed. There have not been that many over the last few years, so we have been lucky.

This week, we have both taken turns staying home with a sick Charlie. He keeps riding the fever train up and down. He went to daycare, but then back home to sleep it off.

So as a parent, what can you do to make a sick day fun and not 100% rely on the good-ship-Netflix to get the job done?

Here are 10 ways to ease the pain and make a sick day fun.

1. Let them sleep on the couch.

As a kid, what made you feel better when you had a sick day?

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Get them out of bed. Just getting them up, dressed and lounging on the couch is a big step up from the bed of sickness. If need be, get a fresh blanket and pillow and turn the couch into base camp for recovery. If they pass out on the couch, don’t sweat it.

2. Some morning cartoons.

It's the freakin weekend. #brothers

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Few things cheer up a sick and irrational child like offering up their favourite cartoon. Don’t overdo it. Set a limit and stick to it. For us, Thomas the Train and Color Crew tend to work for the younger crowd. All my memories of a sick day as a kid involved a special treat of watching TV during the day.

3. Bake some muffins.

Keeping him busy on his sick day. #muffins

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Our boys love muffins. So when they want something comforting, I turn into the muffin man. Getting food into their bellies can be hard when they are sick and a muffin will certainly fill them up and give that Tylenol something to soak into.

4. Chocolate milk.

You did your job today medicine crocodile. Charlie is having a great day. #tylonal #daycare #happyparents

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Ah yes, the drug vehicle for us. Our kids hate taking medicine. I mean, heaving it back up on my pants hate. So we do what works. Sneak it into chocolate milk. Works every time. It’s a treat, it soothes their throat and gets the medicine in without a fight.

5. Read books.

I know two guys who are happy to have our couch back. #movingin #brothers

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We read our boys a lot of books anyways, but spending some extra time reading their faves when sick is comforting. I also will admit I like how they melt into you when they are so tired and unhappy. It’s a parenting moment I will miss when they are grown up.

6. Go outside (if possible).

It's#tbt so might was well jump back to a time #halifax was snow free.

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Fresh air is a great cure. If possible, even if it’s on the front porch, take your sickie outside. It will spruce them up and the fresh air will make them crash even harder when it’s nap time. Plus it is a nice distraction from feeling like ass. Grab the stroller, go around the block once and head back to base camp.

7. Indoor picnic lunch.

They won a reward challenge of pizza. #survivor #livingroom #whowilltheyvoteoff

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Lunch is usually spent at daycare or school with many other kids. It is crazy and loud and not much choice in the food you get. So since you are home anyways, make a fun lunch and have a living room picnic. Because they are not that hungry, you can kind of make what you want to eat which is a bonus.

8. Distract with toys.

When you are feeling sick, it is nice to snuggle with….trucks?

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For our boys, the new toys always win. If you have something new stashed away bring it out. If one of their old faves has dust on it, revisit it. Get down on the floor and play a game of cars. It gets their blood flowing for mind and body and helps avoid couch sores. It’s easy to let TV be the doctor but good old-fashioned play needs to be mixed in.

9. Bend the rules.

They want their hour back. #brothers #slowmoving

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Your kids are sick. They are miserable. They give two shits about the rules at this point. Let them bend a little. Don’t be a hard ass just because you cleaned the house the day before. Let it go. Keep things on a chill level. I am not talking about letting them have a beer, but if they want to eat on the floor or only eat cereal all day, just go with the flow.

10. Snuggles.

Happy 2nd birthday Charlie. Grab your buds and celebrate. #birthday

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Obviously. Nothing heals more than snuggles from mom or dad.

That’s It.

How do you help keep a sick day fun for your kids? What do you remember from your childhood?

Sick days can cause a lot of stress for parents especially when both are working and have to take time off. But remember, your kids have their daily routines as well. It can be stressful for them, even as you see them living like a king on the couch. Keep things calm, roll with the punches and do whatever it takes to get them all better and out the door the very next morning.

God speed.