Children spend much of their growing years being loved and supported by their family. Then life gets in the way, school and friends dominate their time, and their relationship with family members is pushed towards the background. If you’ve built a strong foundation, families can often survive those busy years; however, it’s always important to continue to renew that strength from time to time.
One of the ways to bring families together is through a sporting event. Sure, everyone can attend a baseball game together, but how much interaction do you really have and isn’t it all about the food anyway. If you’re family’s very sports-oriented then choosing a sport where some are participants and others are spectators shouldn’t be too difficult. Some families enjoy the competition and getting down and dirty. Baseball, football, soccer, swimming, etc. are always options. For the slower paced athletes, try horseshoes, crochet or bocce ball.
If your family is extremely creative establish your own event. You could develop a game that’s a combination of a few different sports or embrace you heritage and come up with an event that says ‘who you are.’ Make sure the spectators understand they’re part of the cheering section and their participation is equally important. Don’t be surprised if every year your activity becomes more elaborate as more and more of your family members become involved in the planning and actually start looking forward to the occasion.
The competition though, is not as important as the event itself. Whether you hold you competition annually or bi-annually, the purpose is to bring your family together for a structured activity that strengthens your connection to each other. If along the way your find yourselves crossing your generations with fun, laughter, and a bit of camaraderie, then you’ve accomplished your goal.