My 6 year old son Mac is OBSESSED with sports. When he was younger, we couldn’t get him to participate in any kind of sport, but over last summer, a switch was flipped and he is ALL SPORTS all the time. Fall was all about Football – he preferred front yard football with his Dad to playing on the organized flag football team (which tends to be a little on the serious side).
Every weekend, there is a passel of kids who hang out at our house playing football (and waiting for my husband to play with them). Every night, he and my husband would practice “patterns” in our living room – much to my chagrin – but, so far nothing has been broken.
He’s more interested in doing than learning, so the only way we could get him really interested in math was talking about sports scores on an NFL app we have – that really kept his attention and he’d be happy to share with you how many teams won more than 8 games this year.
Now that the college football season is over and the NFL season is waiting for its swan song next week, his attention has turned to basketball. High School basketball (he got to inspect the ball at our local HS game last week), college basketball and the NBA. He doesn’t really have a favorite team yet – he waffles between the 76ers, who is his Dad’s favorite team, the NY Knicks, since we live in New York, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Thunder because his favorite current player is Kevin Durant and the Chicago Bulls because that’s where Michael Jordan played.
Mac is never at a loss for words and is able to talk about teams, plays, dunks and everything in between and always wants to know who your favorite player is, who had the best dunk and what was the best play of the game – all while re-enacting each one. His enthusiasm is charming and I hope he doesn’t lose it.
He got really excited last week when he wandered in my office and saw me working on an email template for the Thunder – I think it’s the only time that my job has ever resonated with him – but he was pumped that I was designing email skins for the NBA. Now he wants to start sending email with his own personalized NBA email backgrounds – maybe I can use this to help out with his spelling!