Okay, I didn’t grow up a sports fan. Sure, I would watch sports with my dad and my grandpa but I never understood it or liked it, just seemed kind of boring and pointless to me. Everyone had their favorite team and when I was asked who I pulled for I would respond with a, “I don’t care..”.
I remember saying that I want to marry a man that doesn’t care about sports. I want a man that cares about important things not a silly game. As I’ve grown and matured however, my views on watching sports have changed somewhat. Instead of focusing on my own selfish wants and desires, I needed to change my way of thinking. We can find a lesson in anything if we look hard enough. So, as I thought about my husband and his love for sports, I started to search for gratitude and purpose instead of considering this part of his life an annoyance.
I’ve noticed that good can come from all of that time my husband spends talking to the screen like somehow the players and coaches can hear what he is saying.
In honor of Father’s Day, I’m writing this post for my dear husband and for all of the other dads out there that are sports fanatics. I’m also writing this for their wives that they would see the good in something that can sometimes seem like an annoyance.
So, why am I happy that I married a sports fanatic??
-Fun, quality time with dad
Daddy is awesome to our kids and he is even more cool when he is excited and pumped up about something. This behavior is contagious to our children because they want to be apart of the excitement. A father-child relationship is so important to my kids and my hope is that they would always feel loved by their earthly father and heavenly Father.
By using something like sports, dads can take the time spent watching and cheering on their favorite team with their children. My husband loves to teach the kids the team names, players names, and the play by play of what’s going on. My girls soak it all up and I’m surprised by how much they remember weeks later. I hope that this will always be something that they enjoy doing with their Daddy.
-Encourages exercise and endurance
I don’t believe in pushing our kids to be the best at everything. Although, I do believe that they should try their best.
Whether it’s sports or chores, or a new skill, life is tough and we are forced to keep going. By learning and watching sports, we can use that as a tool to teach our children about the importance of working hard and that practice makes progress.
When I was in high school, I was in the flag corps and our routines were extremely difficult, but that’s what won first place. I would come home each day and practice until dinner time because I wanted to be better. I taught myself to have the diligence to keep going until I got it right. I was never a perfect flag girl but I had the confidence in knowing that I worked hard to improve my skill.
Not only did this build my character, but I was getting exercise after sitting in a desk all day at school. We live in such a media obsessed culture, sometimes it feels like kids are spending less time outdoors and getting the exercise that their bodies need. When kids are at school all day long, they need some fresh air. Encourage your child to get outside and play catch or shoot some hoops, they will love it!
-Opportunity to teach good sportsmanship
My husband is a huge Duke fan and when they play their rival Carolina, it’s a big deal. As Duke fans, we believe that they are a better team and always expect them to win. Although, like life, things don’t always work out like we want them to.
When my husband and I first got married, I remember the time that Duke lost and I was expecting him to be upset. To shut down and pout, I guess? But he didn’t, he replied with, “it’s just a game”. For some reason these words showed me how blessed I was to have a man that understood what’s important in life. It’s not the end of the world when our team loses, because we all lose sometimes.
While it’s important to teach our children to work hard and try their best, it’s crucial that we teach our children that sports games are just for fun and that their happiness shouldn’t depend on whether their team wins or losses. We and our children should enjoy sports, all the while keeping them in perspective, and keeping our primary focus on eternal things.
Do you or your husband enjoy sports? Maybe it’s a hobby or skill that could teach your children to have endurance. Let me know in the comments!
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