If you are like most men, watching sports is how you would rather be spending your time. Then kids come along, and want to pull you away from the big game to play Legos, watch Spongebob, have a tea party. Never fear, your days of being a sports fan are not over!
Get the Family on Your Team
Kids, and people in general, shy away from things that they don’t understand. Not understanding the rules can make watching sports boring and confusing for kids. Try to see it from their perspective, if you didn’t understand who was winning or how the game was played, what would there be to get excited about? Call the kids in for a little pre-game talk, and tell them why the game that is coming on is important or exciting for you. Invite them to stay and watch it with you, and let them know that you will be willing to explain aspects of the game to them if they have questions. Don’t force them to stay and watch it with you, as this may have the opposite effect, making them feel like it is a chore. Get mom involved, too! If the kids see both parents watching sports, they will be more willing to give it a try. It may add up to some priceless family bonding.
Show Them How We Follow Through
Stay true to your word, and don’t allow the heat of the moment to put a damper on their good time. If a child asks a question right at a penultimate point in the game, remember to keep your cool! Let them know you will explain in just a minute. If it’s possible, press pause right after the moment has passed and devote your attention to their question. With just a little patience, you could instill a love of sports in your whole family.