What I Want My Kids to Learn from Football Season

Football season is here. My husband is glued to the TV, he is constantly tracking his fantasy team, our weekend activities are scheduled around football games on TV and the house gets a little louder and more intense. Some wives might dread football season, but I love it.

Why do I love it?

I love it because it makes my husband happy (and I firmly believe that when dad is happy, everyone is happy). He really puts his heart into his favorite teams. He gets excited and nervous before their games. Game day is treated like a holiday. He loves football.

To be honest, I'm a little jealous of him. I love college football, but he loves it a million times more than I do. My kids see how much he loves it and they want to be a part of it too. My son will play football in the living room with dad during commercials. My daughter evens cuddles up on his lap and says "I watch football with dad!"

I love the happiness and excitement it brings into my house. Now, when his teams lose it isn't as happy, but sometimes you have to take the bad with the good. They make the wins seem so much better.

I hope my kids learn something from watching their dad during football season: that we should get excited about things in life. Yes, it is just football, but football can bring happiness. Just like food can bring happiness. And reading books can bring happiness. And travel can bring happiness. Find something in life to get excited about.

For me personally, I believe when I have something I am extra excited about, whether it is a vacation coming up, a new DIY project, or even shopping for new clothes, I am happier and a better mom and wife. Plain and simple.

My son gets really excited about his Legos. My daughter gets really excited about princesses. I love how their eyes get big and they have a permanent smile just talking about their favorite ones. I hope they keep this excitement for other things in life when they grow older, just like their dad.