Not everyone loves sports, but for those who do, wouldn’t it be great to pass down the love of sports to your Grandkids.
As an all-in, die-hard Cardinals fan, baseball is the best sport in the world. Or maybe that’s just me. If I’m going to spend time watching, it’s going to be baseball.
Football is a rough sport. I have to admit, I cringe when I hear those helmets banging and see some of the take-downs. But for those who are football fans, there must be a reason.
Hockey? Well, the unnecessary roughness, smacking opponents into the glass, and the frigid temperature of ice rinks, in general, have doused my interest.
But! If you’re a sports fan, no matter which sport is your pick, here are some ways to share your love of your favorite sports with your Grandkids.
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Easy, peasy, and the simplest way. Get together to watch the game. Time spent together, sharing a similar interest, can strengthen the bond between you and your Grand.
Talk about your favorite teams
Ok, all true sports fans have a favorite team. Did I mention the St. Louis Cardinals?
Discussing teams and players with your Grands can give them insight into the reasons you favor one team over another. It may just be that you grew up in the area, or maybe your grandpa was a fan, your dad was a fan, and now you’re a fan.
Mitch Rubin writes in the Washington Post: “I’ve been a Yankees fan for as long as I can remember, the youngest in a line of four generations. My earliest memory is of my dad coming home from a 1978 playoff win over the Kansas City Royals, having lost his voice. From that point on, memories of Yankee games are intertwined with thoughts of my dad.” Read more from him here in this article.
It may be that you love ballpark hot dogs, or you just love the color of their jerseys. It might be their sportsmanship, their ability to play as a team, or the leadership from their management or quarterback. Share why you’re a fan and love your team.
Show your team spirit by wearing your team jersey, especially on game day. Dressing in your team’s apparel will get you in the mood to cheer your team to victory!
Skype or FaceTime during or after the game
If you aren’t in the same area, but share a love for the same team, you can watch together this way.
Even if you don’t share the love for the same teams, you can call after to talk about how your own teams fared.
If you don’t share the love of the same teams, and they are playing against one another, well, that would be a fun thing to share!
Consider using WiFi to bring you together for a love of sports.
Here’s a guide to using FaceTime in case you’re unfamiliar with how it works. You can even FaceTime on your Apple Watch if you have one. If you don’t have one, that may be something to add to your wishlist!
Of course, the best way to enjoy a sport is to be in attendance! Whether it’s a local high school game, a Major League game, or a college game, going there together is great fun! Introducing your Grand to sports by actually going to a game can foster a life-long love of sports.
Your Grandkids may be old enough to play on a team themselves. Make every effort to attend if and when you can. Showing your support by attending their games will boost their confidence and they’ll appreciate your interest.
Read books about your favorite sport
If you’ve been a subscriber to this blog for any length of time, you know I’m an advocate for reading to your Grandkids. One of the ways to foster a love of reading in your Grandkids is to read about an interesting subject.
Sports, teamwork, courage, determination, and dedication are just a few of the qualities that are discussed in sports books. You can pass down the love of sports to your Grandchildren by reading books about your favorite sports.
Share your own sports history
Were you on the football team in high school? Did you play Little League Baseball? Tell your Grandkids about your accomplishments. You may or may not have an impressive sports history, but sharing your experiences can encourage your Grandchild’s interest.
Share stories about the lessons you learned. Stories about being a good sport, trying your best, or dealing with losses can have an impact on them. Whether or not you were a star athlete doesn’t matter. Learning about you and your experiences can make a difference for a child.
Pass Down the Love of sports to your Grandkids. Sharing your interests with your Grandkids is one more way to make strong connections. Strengthen family bonds while Passing Down the Love.
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