Another week has come and gone, and you and your family find yourselves on Sunday. Of course at this time of year that means one thing, football! No matter what your favorite team is Sunday can be a great day for everybody to relax and enjoy the game. However, getting little kids to sit down and watch football can sometimes be more work than its worth. I’ve got some tips for those die-hard fans out there that need to watch the game and still be a parent too. If you compose some kind of Sunday morning routine out of these ideas, you could just find yourself in that favorite recliner by kickoff time.
Start a Sunday morning tradition of making snacks before the game with your kids to get them involved. I’m not talking pouring chips in a bowl either, let’s get real here. Some game snacks you could prepare with your kids could be chili, homemade loaded potato skins, or my personal favorite homemade nachos complete with guacamole!
I know a fun game to play for any parents who are into fantasy football and want to include their kids. Sunday mornings sit down with your kids and quiz them on different NFL players. Its like building your own fantasy sport phenoms! Ask them who the quarterback for the Houston Texans is, ask them who the tight end on the Ravens is, ask them any position player in the NFL. You get the picture here, if your kid is rattling off the leagues running backs at age 6 think about how much they are going to own fantasy football leagues when they’re ready to play. This is how fantasy sport prodigies are born! Remaining on a fantasy football topic, if your kids are old enough to understand the concept of fantasy football you could make them co-manager of your team. This would be a great topic to bond over and probably make your kid really excited.
If you’re into video games, pull out your latest copy of Madden and play it with your kids. Make it more interesting by playing a match up of a game that you will watch later in the day. Kids (and some parents) love video games and this is a cool way to get psyched up for that big game that afternoon.
You can go throw the ball around in your backyard! Seriously, how much better does it get than throwing on your favorite players jersey and heading outside to play with your kid? Let your kid pick out a player from your favorite team to be and pretend they’re playing in the game. Sometimes parents under-estimate how imaginative their kids can really be.
After all these Sunday morning pump up exercises, your kids will be so excited to watch the game with you. Thus making you the super-parent because you figured out how to be an awesome mom or dad and still get to watch the game. It’s not like you a total schemer either because you got to spend some quality time bonding over a great game with your kid in the process.