Some posts are fun to write. A post about dad eating pizza while watching TV would be a great post to create. Alas, this is about how a dad should treat himself when he gets kicked in the groin.
Toddler Mojo needed to get used to the pool. We’ve taken him several times and just recently he’s started to enjoy it. Look he’s going under water and wants to hold onto my arms while he kicks-this is a great parenting moment I think.
Throughout years of playing soccer and other contact sports this has never happened. The physical contact lasts a fraction of a second, but the pain-and there is lots of it, can last for days.
It certainly is better when Bob Saget or Tom Bergeron introduces a clip of you getting kicked in the groin. Then you win $100,000 and the searing, dull throb has subsided to a dull, sly grin.
That is the only situation where getting kicked in the groin is funny-and then it’s only funny if you win buckets of cash. Cartoons, The Three Stooges and idiots on YouTube have led popular culture astray in thinking that this is fun to watch or enjoyable in any manner.
Fill a plastic bag that you can seal with ice and put it down the front of your pants.
The good news is that first aid for a kick to the groin has immediate effects. After a day or two of putting the ice down your pants for a couple hours you’ll be pain free and ready to swim with kicking toddlers again.
We’ll still swim with our tadpole toddler, but will so in a more defensive manner when he’s coming in for a landing.