Pursuing sporting activities as a family contributes to the sense of togetherness and health of all involved. But there’s nothing wrong with being an occasional couch potato either. In fact, watching sports on TV is one of my guilty pleasures. Throughout my own childhood, we’d often watch important games on TV. The excitement, despair, and jubilation make for unrivalled memories.
When we started a family, I wanted to pass on similar sporting passion to my kids. For starters, watching sports on TV gets kids hooked on sports. They see top athletes perform and aspire to do likewise. At the same time, the communal nature of sporting events is captivating. We all like to be part of a community, and we also like to compete or watch top athletes outperform each other.
Watching great sporting performances inspires discipline, ambition, and tenacity. Combined, these qualities equip kids to deal with whatever life throws at them.
Apart from these serious benefits, watching sporting events together is also tremendous fun. It’s likely that different family members will support opposing teams. As a result, passions and tempers flare and the excitement is awesome. But what are the best sports to follow as a family? What are the best ways of doing so?
All team sports including American football, baseball, ice hockey, soccer, basketball are great to watch as a family. If you can support a local team and attend live games, it’s even better. Kit yourself out with hats, scarves, and jerseys and have fun. Learn all the team songs and allow yourself to get as excited as you like. Your kids will love the noise and the see-saw-effect of changing scores.
Athletics, Tennis, Golf, and Much More
Individual sports like tennis or athletics are also good to watch. You and your kids can choose a favourite and spur her/him on. We used to predict winners before events which added to the excitement. Whatever the sport, these athletes are top role models for adults and kids alike.
I also love watching the odd horse race with my wife and kids. We each pick a winner and go crazy throughout the race. Whoever picked the winner gets a prize. Recently, I discovered a horse racing app that allows you to follow horse racing easily. All you need to do is visit this page and download the William Hill App on your device. In a mere few seconds, you can check out upcoming events and all the horses partaking.
The kids usually select the winners because they like the jockey’s jersey or the look of a horse. Nothing more sophisticated than that. Still, it’s always great fun!
Lots of Fun and Lots of Benefits
Whatever the event, we always have fun, though the supporters of the loosing team end up miserable, at least until the next event.
We all end up wishing we could perform at such a high level, while enjoying being part of a greater fan community.