Sports Fandom: Setting an Example for Your Kids

What kind of sports fan are you? Do you like to relax in a favorite seat and calmly watch your favorite team play, or are you a loud, intense fan who finds it difficult to sit still during games at all? I am the latter of the two, and a recent post from Dad’s Round Table made me realize that this might not be a good thing.

While being a passionate sports fan is a great thing, what kind of example are you setting for your children? If they are around you while you yell at the TV and get angry over a sports game, what do you think they will do sooner or later? Kids learn a lot of behavior from watching their parents, and while you may want to freak out when the referee throws a flag late in the game to give the opposing team a first and goal; I’d advise against it. To read more about this topic check out this post “Sporting Excellence” from Dad’s Round Table.

What is your opinion on this topic? Will you continue the loud, passionate sports behavior during games with your children around?

Comments

  1. Every time I hear something about how people act around sporting events, the first thing that comes to mind is a saying I heard when I was a teen. It always stuck with me: “There’s a HUGE difference between being a fan and a fanatic…”

    Makes perfect sense and that saying has kept me from being “that dad” at my kids’ events.

    By the way, thank you so much for the link to the site. We really appreciate it. 🙂

    • That is a great quote to keep in mind, I agree. I think all parents need to keep that in mind at their children’s events because it really always seems like there is “that dad” or “that mom”. I thought it was a great post over on your site and wanted to share it with my readers!