Whether your kids love playing HORSE in the driveway or wear jerseys for games in the school gym, basketball is a fun, exciting game to play and to watch. If it's a favorite of your kids' then now's a great time to gather as a family and watch some basketball - College basketball, that is.
March is the big time for the players of the NCAA basketball teams, who battle it out all month and into April to be the top college team of the year. "March Madness is a big thing in our house, we do a family bracket and the boys help me with my picks," says mom of three boys Audra Krell.
What? You don't watch with your kids? No time is better than now to start.
You have shows you like. Your kids have ones that they like. But things that you all like? Well, that's pretty rare.
But sports like basketball? They can be that rare opportunity where you and your kids can agree on what to watch. For Krell, watching sports with her sons helps her connect with her sons. "As a parent, I want to reach them where the live, by understanding their competitive spirit, and especially their love of the game. Watching sports together gives us a champion to cheer on together. Attending games and watching sports on TV equals lots of family time. When we spend time together, we know each other better," says Krell.
It helps if you really enjoy it too. "I enjoy sports, so does my husband and son. It is an activity that we can all share together and all of us enjoy," says mom Andrea Travillian.
Beyond the bonding opportunity, sports can be a great conversation starter for families too. "We cheer our teams and favorite athletes together, discuss the technicalities of each sport, complain about coaching (one of our most favorite activities - ha!), as well as discuss the news surrounding sports," says mom Bonnie Upright.
Upright says that she and her son spoke about the Tiger Woods situation, which offered several important lessons -- including how lying gets you nowhere.
There are so many things that kids can learn by watching sports -- particularly March Madness -- with their family.
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