When in doubt, sprint

You know when you’ve thrown every little activity at a little one and you just can’t keep them entertained?

This tends to happen to us more in the winter when nice neighborhood walks and trips to the park are not an option.

When all else fails and the 1-year-old just can’t be entertained or calmed down, I go for an all-out sprint through the house.

It seemed to work over the weekend at one point when it was just him and me around. Books, music, toys and other ways to keep him entertained were exhausted at that point and I wanted to calm him down.

I knew he likes to watch his older sister run around so I started giving it a try and it worked. He even got into it and started jogging around the house combined with a smile and laugh. He was moving as fast as that bulky diaper in his pants would let him.

I guess anything that gets me and my kids up and moving is a good thing – even if it is a bit unorthodox.

I must look pretty peculiar if neighbors are looking through the window seeing a grown man sprinting through his home – but I’m not for looking good – I’m for getting the job done.

As long as there are no toys to trip on, I don’t hesitate to “Carl Lewis” it around the house. Well, let me rephrase that I probably look more like Forrest Gump when I run. The good news is there have been no injuries suffered as a result of my horseplay.

Sometimes, I’ll scoop the little guy up on one of my laps around the house and I’ll run holding him.

These sprints won’t replace a trip to the gym, but they do get the heart-rate up and the young giggles start to fly.

Maybe I’ll come up with my own home workout that involves sprinting around the house to appease a baby. Or maybe it won’t catch on quite like it has with me with the more “normal” parents out there. I’ve never been a big fan of being normal in my entire life.

I’m OK with not being normal as long as it gets the job done.

Those of you out there that know me understand this anti-normal attitude spills into more than just parenting with me.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com