Re: Ack! Need advice re 4yro and too much TV!
I agree with the playdate idea. It sounds like more work to have another energetic kid over but it's usually actually less work.
My dd1 was bored all the time but dd2 never is because she has a built in playmate.
I would give notice the day before the changes happen. He'll have a fit for sure but he'll do better when it actually happens if he knows it's going to.
In your situation I would have done the same thing. The tv can be a lifesaver when you just in no position to parent.