Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Thomas Hour"

a.k.a. "Witching Hour" for the kids. You know the time of day? Anywhere from 5:00-7:00 pm, depending on when Dad makes it home from work. You've given your all for the whole day, crossing things off your to-do list, feeding and changing the kids, playing and enjoying each others' company for at least a good portion of the day.But no matter how good a day it's been (or bad, because of course some days have very little of only good), there comes a time at the end of every day where we all start to go a little crazy. Or a lot crazy. The 5 pm itch, which quickly elevates to a pull-my-hair-out-if-you-whine-at-me-one-more-time-and-you'd-better-wait-til-your-dad-gets-home-and-no-you-may-not-have-one-more-cookie-because-it's-almost-time-for-dinner kind of nuts, if you will.
Our new solution? Thank you, Youtube Thomas the Tank Engine video clips! It is fast becoming a favorite time of the day. See those happy faces? There's no beating that at 6:05 while waiting for Dad to make it home. Even better is the fact that 4-year-old Anna can navigate the "recommended videos" with a mouse on her own, so they can watch clip after clip without my help. Makes that last 30 minutes much more blissful all around, and Dad gets greeted by happy smiles when he comes home. So how do you spend your "witching hour"? Do you have a brilliant bribe, err activity, that helps you through that last stretch of the day?

4 comments:

Becky said...

You can also go to thomasandfriends.com and click on videos and it will play in a continuous stream for a while (sometimes with the same ad repeated in between every clip, sometimes not). And when that fails, Target has a few $5 Thomas videos in their kid's video section. Oh the joys of Thomas.

The Scherbel Family said...

We recently discovered youtube as well! Caden likes race car crashes and firefighter movies, although sometimes he'll do Thomas or Roary the Racing Car (the latter frequently ending up in French after he's clicked on a few).

Eric and Amy said...

Brilliant! I am SO happy to hear I'm not the only one who experiences the dreaded witching hour. I'd had enough last night that I actually walked out of the house and let Eric take care of bedtime. I couldn't take it anymore. AHHHH! Another favorite my kids are enjoying are the Kid History YouTube videos. They are hilarious! Episode 4 is our favorite over here.

Sarah said...

At our house it's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on our Tivo. Although Strawberry Shortcake on YouTube is a favorite as well.