Fatherhood and Sports

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Sometimes I wonder just how much the little ones know. What I mean, is how much do they understand when someone else wants to do something that may not involve the little one. For instance, many father’s enjoy sitting back and watching some form of sport on TV. Yet, with a little one, that’s not always possible.If possible, not always easy.

I would never pass up time with Little A to watch any sporting event, unless we were actually attending the event; or if Little A wanted to watch. At five months old, the colors and movement on the screen is what really interests the kid. So there is my out. As a fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, this evening’s rivalry game against USC is something this dad would love to watch. The question however, is how to get the little one to let me.

Any parent will tell you, and I completely agree, the kids dictate your life more than any of us would like to admit. As a parent, don’t let this be a bad thing.

I don’t know what Little A will do in life, but one way to generate interest in things, even at this young age, is to involve your kids. Pay attention to them and show them things that you like. You never know, the colors and the movement on the screen may turn into an interest for sports later on. Of course, he may like to just sit and drool for a while too. Who knows.

My point is simple, rather than get frustrated or disappointed your little one may not let you do what you want, turn the time into a shared experience. You will realize that football game or play-off series is more enjoyable than you could ever imagine.

P.S. Go Irish!


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