Magazine article Work & Family Life

Watching Baseball Together, a Family Bonds

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Watching Baseball Together, a Family Bonds

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Q You write that Americans watch way too much television, and I'm sure it's true. But there's something to be said for watching baseball on TV. I watched it with my dad and my kids, and now I'm watching games with my grandchildren. I enjoy the pace. Baseball forces us to slow down-and that's a good thing these days.

-D.C., Yonkers.NY

A We agree. "The typical three-hour major league baseball game offers an innumerable amount of life lessons if you know how to spot them," says David Jacobson, a youth sports coach and father of two, writing online for www. commonsensemedia.org. "The real payoff is what can happen during gaps in the action."

Don't make baseball games a platform for educational dialogue (or worse, a monologue), he says, but a few times in every game, you can point out behavior you want your children to emulate or avoid. It's also a great opportunity to ask open-ended questions: What do you think when you see a player really hustle? Have you noticed some examples of good sportsmanship?

Families can get more from watching baseball if they discuss the larger issues. Jacobson sees baseball as a great breeding ground for ethical questions on topics ranging from team unity to chasing the almighty dollar to beanball brawls and steroid use. …

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