It’s time to Play Sports!
Each week I like to share one TIP to help incorporate more quality time into your family relationships.
This week’s QTM Tip: Play Sports
Sports are a big part of our family mostly because my husband and I were athletic growing up.
He played T-ball, soccer, and golf. I was a competitive gymnast and currently a tennis and yoga enthusiast.
It is easy for us to go outside and play sports with our children. My boys have competed on many different teams over the years: flag football, soccer, basketball, tennis, and swimming.
We spend time warming up, practicing, working out, and hanging out with our children. While we’re playing or practicing we chat.
Some days it’s about the game itself or what lessons we’re learning from it. Some days frustration is shared over not playing great or a fellow teammate who is hard to tolerate. Goals are shared and relationships are strengthened.
If your children are not on a sports team you can still enjoy athletic activities. Just be aware which ones are more about proximity time than quality time.
It’s hard to chat when you’re swimming. It’s hard to carry on a conversation when you’re rock climbing. You can’t really go deep at a skateboard park. Keep these individual activities in mind – they are not bad! But they do not offer a lot of quality time moments. The object is to play sports together.
If you are trying to beat your PR you might want to pick another opportunity to build quality time. If you are a bit competitive you might want to reevaluate why you are going. Trying to leave someone in the dust isn’t a big quality time builder. You might actually do more damage to your relationships than good.
This week pick up a ball, go play catch, get out the bikes, horseshoes, or ping pong paddles and toss around some questions.