Whether you are a hockey, baseball or football fan, I think most parents look forward to the day when they will be able to share that experience of cheering on the team while eating $15 nachos while sporting their team’s jersey or hat or both.
But, at what age are they ready and when are they just too young?
In our case it wasn’t on purpose. For our Christmas present our family is going to a Leafs Habs game in Montreal. In my mind, sporting events in general are kind of a waste of money but I will indulge in cheaper seats at a Jays or Rock game. But hockey, well it is just so bloody expensive it boggles my mind what people pay for seats. (Big surprise that I am not going to the game but staying at the hotel to watch the twins.)
Anyways, my sister in law ended up breaking up with her boyfriend and so there was an extra ticket. I said to sell it, but I understand most people do not want single tickets. Instead my husband thought it would be a good idea to take our four year old son to the game. To be honest, I did not agree with the idea and did speak my mind but at the end of the day my husband is the one who paid for the tickets so it was not an argument I cared about winning.
We have taken him to a baseball game before but it was a 2pm game on camp day (so it was full of kids) and we would routinely get up and walk him around etc. And baseball is much quieter than hockey, although just as long.
This time the game is at night (7:30pm) and it will be in a packed stadium full of loud noises. I said there was no way that our son was gonna sit that long without being fussy (unless he just falls asleep from the exhaustion due to our busy trip itinerary). My son does have a good attention span and can sit through a full length Disney film but (and I am biased here) as an adult I couldn’t sit through an entire hockey game so how is he supposed to do it at only four? Plus I also figured he would put a bit of a hamper on the festivities since you don’t get drunk and act rowdy with your four year old there (or at least I would hope not). But, my husband says it will be fine and so he is taking him.
Even taking my son to something like a movie I am always mentally prepared that if things go awry we may have to leave and call it a day. I cannot imagine any of my family wanting to leave a live game between their favourite teams that they paid hansomely to see because my son has reached his limits.
But, we will see how it goes.
Yesterday my son informed me he would not go to the game without me, but I am hoping that once we are there and he sees the rest of the family going he will follow suit. I really do hope they have a good time and I love how excited my husband is to share the experience with him but I do have my reservations (insert Marge Simpson groan here).
So let me throw it out there. How young were your kids the first time you took them to a game? How did it go? Do you have any tips for parents like me on their first time?