Contrary to popular opinion the Television (or computer, gamecube, etc) makes a lousy babysitter. The TV can't feed the kids when they're screaming for food, or force-feed them the damn remote control they're fighting over, or even bash them round the head with a big stick. What kind of a babysitter is it that can't do these fundamental things.
Send them off to work in the mines. Not only do you get a little peace and quiet, you actually get paid for it!