Still, when I do sit down with my kids to catch the occasional Bears game on the TV, I think it's important that they understand what's going on. And, when I'm engrossed in the game, it can be hard to think of how to explain what's going on in terms that they'll understand easily.
I personally learned everything I know about the rules of football through gym class and watching hours upon hours of games over the course of my lifetime. I thought it would be cool to spend time with my boys specifically teaching them the rules of the game and what to watch for, but didn't know how to go about it, especially with them being so young.
My father-in-law, who's a total football fanatic gave me a copy of Dad, Teach Your Child (Ages 2-6) About Football for Christmas. At first, I thought he was poking fun at me for not being as sports-minded as some other dads, but when I really sat down with it, I found it to be a great resource. The book actually breaks the game down into little lessons, or “classes,” that you can teach your kids little by little.
The football book is just one in a series of Wonderdads books that help fathers teach their young kids about everything from occupations and destinations to a boatload of different sports. When I looked up the series, I was astonished by how many teaching resources they had for dads of young children. My kids really enjoyed learning about football through the activities and conversations in the book, so I think I'll be looking into more of the series on other topics in the future. They're not only great teaching tools, but lead to some awesome guy time with my favorite dudes in training.