Kick Off The Football Season With A Tailgate! #HormelFamily #Ad

*This is post was written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods.  I am part of the Hormel Family Bloggers.  All opinions are 100% mine.     Anyone who has known me for a long time understands that I have never been, nor will I ever be, a major sports fan.  It's not that there is anything wrong with sports or that I don't recognize the important impact that sports have on young peoples' self-esteem and independence.  However, I have noticed that as the years go on, I'm a lot more tolerant of watching them and I'm sure this has a lot to do with the fact that my son is an avid sportsman and I really enjoy watching him play.     Now that the weather is getting cool, there is definitely something in the air in my home and that thing is football.  Much to my chagrin, is it always on the television and my husband and son attend games at the local stadium.  For them, this is the best time of the year.  Me, not so much.  Luckily, my younger son couldn't care about sports either so I end up having … [Read more...]

Did She Really Just Say That?

    Many of you know that this past year, I had to deal with some parents behaving badly in my son's class due to the presence of "Mom Cliques" and the children that they are raising to think that being mean spirited to others is acceptable.  One particular parent's son has been especially cruel to my son and to other children not only in class but also during organized sports.  It's been difficult to avoid it since all of the kids participate in these activities together within our community.     This past baseball season, my son and this boy ended up on the same baseball team much to my chagrin.  You see, this Momma Bear has had to go up against this mom and son duo before.  His mean antics continued right from the classroom to the baseball field and dugout.  He even went as far as to call some of the boys on the team "fagg&%ts" when they ran out of gum and did not have a piece to give him.  This was no surprise to me because this is the same boy who had called my son a … [Read more...]

Let The Girls Shoot!

    As many of you know, my older son is very athletic and his favorite sport to play is basketball.  Currently, he is playing on an intramural team since his regular season for the school Bantam team has finished.  Today, as I was sitting in the bleachers watching the game, I noticed that whenever one of the girls on either of the teams had possession of the ball, the coaches would call out to the male players, "Let her shoot!"     Now, I'm all for being a gentleman and chivalry but, am I the only one who thinks that this is sending the wrong message out to all the kids about gender equality.  By telling the boys to back away and allow the girls to shoot the ball they are saying, in essence, that the girls are not as skilled at basketball as they boys are and that a special set of rules applies to them.     I wonder if professional female basketball players would be offended if they were playing on the same team or against their male counterparts and this took place.  It sends the … [Read more...]

Sometimes You Just Have To Bite The Bullet…

     This past Saturday, my sons and I headed out to their basketball games and we were running terribly late.  There were many reasons why we were late including the fact that I was sick as a dog and, due to my being sick, I had forgotten to wash my older son's uniform the night before.     When we first started getting ready, I figured we had enough time to throw it in the washing machine and dry it in the dryer because it was about an hour and a half before we had to leave the house.  If you are a parent, you know that things seldom work out exactly the way that you envisioned them, especially when it comes to having kids.     As we were getting ready, it seems that my older son accidentally changed the setting on the dryer so the uniform wasn't completely dry by the time we had to leave.  I had to make an executive decision and, since the uniform was just slightly damp, I told my son not to worry about it because he just had to take his picture in the uniform and then he could … [Read more...]

My Little Jets Fan and My Big Giants Fan! (Wordless/Wordy Wednesday)

Here is my little Jets fan! I also have a Giants fan in my house! Yes, football season is very interesting in my home! … [Read more...]

10 Tips To Help You Live Peacefully With A Man Who Loves Sports…A LOT!

          Today's Guest Blogger is Janis B. Meredith, author of the blog JBM Thinks. Janis was brought up in a sports family, married a man who has coached for 27 years, and has had three kids play sports from age 5 to college. She sees issues a bit differently, with a perspective of life from both sides of the bench--as a coach's wife and as an athlete's parent.     Once upon a time, a handsome young man named Rich met a beautiful young lady named Kathy in college. Their first date was to a baseball game.  Kathy soon learned that her date was an enthusiastic sports nut. She, however, was not. After being raised in a home where her dad watched a lot of sports, she went the opposite direction and grew apathetic, almost cold to sports.  But, she followed her heart and married Rich just over 2 years later.   "He will change", she assured herself...     More than 40 years later, Rich and Kathy are still happily married.  And no, his love for sports has not changed; he still … [Read more...]

Foul!

    Hubby playing Handball, a popular sport in New York City.     My husband is a sports addict. Those of you who are long time followers of my blog know that this is not the first time that I have mentioned this here. He doesn't like one sport, he loves all sports. No matter what season it is, you can always find him watching whatever sport is on television at the moment. He follows everything from football to tennis and drives me crazy while doing it. At any given time, you can enter my home and see ESPN turned on or any other sporting event.     His love of sports doesn't just end there.  He also plays all kinds of sports, attends sporting events, and coaches two of my son's sports teams.  Now, I want to begin by saying that I understand the value of sports for their physical fitness benefits along with the fact that participating in them boosts self esteem.  I'm just sick and tired of watching it and hearing about it all the time.  Now that my boys are getting older, I get … [Read more...]

Mine, All Mine!

         Lately I have been noticing that my seven year old son, "B", has been getting closer and closer to my husband.  They have always been very close and had a lot in common but he was still my boy and I still felt important to him.  It seems like now the sun rises and sets on his father.  Obviously, this is a great thing because boys should have a close relationship with their fathers, however, I can't help but feeling like I am somehow getting kicked to the curb in the process.  Where once I was the one he would come to for everything, I am finding that he is going more and more to my husband and I have to admit that it is making me feel left out.     They have so many things in common that don't interest me at all.  The biggest thing that they have in common is their love of sports.  I couldn't care less about sports aside from wanting my sons to be involved in them for the physical fitness benefits that they provide.  My husband coaches my son's basketball team and is the … [Read more...]

Lessons of Going in Circles

    Today's Guest Blogger is Kelly, author of the blog Mom Got Blog.  Kelly writes slice of life stories of every day life on kids, marriage and everything else adding to the journey. She also shares her love of sports and food and invites you to visit her blog any time!          As a parent of two teens, I am always going in circles it seems.        Teens tend to keep the argument going and going and going for whatever they are asking to do, ignoring the "no" that has escaped my lips over and over again. I am "uncool" because I am not doing what all the other parents are doing-which according to my kids is saying "yes".       And it is true....I am not like all the other parents.       I am also a Speedskater.       I followed my desire to learn how to speedskate nine years ago after waiting about eight years to find a place to do so. I shared that first practice experience in a post Influence, Olympic Style  and I have not looked back since!       I mostly skate the … [Read more...]