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One father's sobering confession about football

I could not die with my 3 kids thinking my favorite thing to do was watching football. So we played a different game for the next 40 days straight. We chose games from our messy closet that was starving for attention, just like my kids.
Aaren Humpherys, FamilyShare Modified: June 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm •  Published: June 5, 2014
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I had a sobering awakening last Father’s Day. All three of my kids were asked to identify their Dad's favorite thing to do. All three of them answered with a certainty as they uttered two dreadful words, "Watch football."

Oh, the guilt. Do I really watch that much football? Not even my wife thinks so, but somehow that was etched into their innocent 10-year-old brains as my favorite thing to do. Where did I go wrong?

I started getting defensiveand told them that I only watched about 30 minutes a week, and it just happened to be right before they wanted to watch their Saturday afternoon show. But the more I tried to debate my argument, the more I realized I was making the matter worse. Maybe I really did watch too much football for their liking.

I could not die with my kids thinking my favorite thing to do was watch football. So I started our family game night. Instead of turning on the TV, we played a different game each day for the next 40 days straight. We chose games from our messy closet that was starving for attention — just like my kids.

After a few weeks when I come home from work, all three kids raced to give me a hug. I loved hearing them say, “Let’s play our family game!”

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