Parents of more than one child know that it can sometimes be hard to spend quality time with their children. Between work and school and extracurricular activities, it can be difficult to carve out five minutes for yourself much less some one-on-one time with your kids every week. In fact for many parents, "one-on-one time'"simply doesn't happen because life is just too busy.
It's hard when a parent has two or three children to spend quality time with, but having five children makes it almost impossible, which is something comedian Jim Gaffigan knows a thing or two about. Gaffigan and wife Jeannie share five children, Marre 13, Jack, 12, Katie, 9, Michael, 7, and Patrick, 6 and the children are often fodder for Gaffigan's stand up routines.
In his most recent comedy special the 51-year-old tackles the topic of trying to spend quality time with each of his kids, and every parent can relate no matter how many children they have.
“I try to do one-on-one time with each of my kids but it’s hard because I travel and there’s a lot of them," he says in his special."So sometimes that special daddy and me time is just doing something mundane like going with me to the post office.”
Parents will nod their heads in agreement when he describes his version of "one-on-one" time when you have five children.
“That’s right, buddy, it’s just you and me going to find out why we got this damn slip on our door. Stick that in the memory bank. ‘My dad always making time for me, squeezing me into errands. I remember walking to the post office and listening to him bitch and moan about the federal government. What a guy,’ ” he jokes.
In a perfect world, we'd all have time to devote to our children separately, but that doesn't always work out. Gaffigan often jokes about his kids in a way that makes most parents able to relate, but in his latest special, titled Noble Ape, the funny dad also opens up about his wife Jeannie's scary health crisis last year.
After suffering from severe headaches, fatigue and even frequent falls, an MRI revealed that the mother of five had a 6-centimeter tumor the size of a tennis ball growing within her brain stem, according to WebMD.
Thankfully, the tumor was benign, but doctors did warn the couple that had it gone unchecked much longer the prognosis could have been much worse. Jim Gaffigan often shared pictures of his wife on his social media as he detailed her recovery and it was clear that this was a truly terrifying time for the large family.
In his new special Gaffigan uses his trademark humor to share how scary a situation his wife's brain tumor was for everyone.
“Any comedian has the approach that they can make anything kind of funny,” Gaffigan told USA Today. “I’m not talking about wanting to take a nap or my insatiable appetite, but that’s tied into how I dealt with this family medical crisis.
We're thrilled Jeannie is doing OK now and that Gaffigan is back to making us laugh with his funny take on parenting. Noble Ape will debut July 13.