I would have to describe our family as a moderate-to-intense sports family. Sports are a family affair in the Acorns household – there is rarely a time when anyone is abandoned because the other is watching a sporting event. Because we watch so many of them together, and we love it!
Every fall, the level of intensity definitely ramps up. Baseball season gives way to baseball and college football. Then things get crazy when the NFL starts up. Hawkeyes on Saturdays. Patriots and Bears on Sundays. Sadly, Mr. Acorns’ Cubbies haven’t required much television time in October, and my Red Sox seem to alternate years with playoff appearances.
Then college basketball starts. We do not watch as much hockey on television as other sports, but if our teams are on we go ahead and put that on in the background. My kids are so used to hearing referee whistles and crowds roaring on weekends that it has become our family soundtrack I think! We play games, they play with their toys, and we work or clean with a sporting event on in the background. It’s been great, too, because my son tries to read the screen and is always reporting scoring changes to us, so that it a little bit of real-world mathematical application and reading practice. Plus they learn that there are rules in games and in life.
Add in some yummy snacks and food we can all enjoy together, in the same room, at the same time, and it’s a win all around!
And, let’s face it, they learn that sometimes mommy and daddy have a wee bit too much emotion invested in a silly game. Not that I have ever thrown anything at the television… oh wait, yes I have. And we’ve never taken our 3 week old to a bar for a game watch with friends. Oh wait, we did that too.
We enjoy watching sports, cheering on our teams, and bringing our children into that love of sports as well. I know some people hate sports, and I know my social media feeds are full of “oh is there a game on” and “sports widow” comments, but, for us, sports are a family affair and something that we really enjoy!
With that said – GO PATRIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!