This morning I am appearing on Good Company on WKYC – Channel 3 to talk about the effect of football season on a marriage or relationship. This time of year sometimes makes a spouse or partner feel like a sports widow or widower. Below are some tips on how to avoid this scenario:
1. BE PROACTIVE! Sit down as a couple at least a week ahead of time to make sure you’re on the same page about how many games and which games are being watched or attended. No one likes surprises, especially when it cuts into quality time together.
2. To balance football TV time with other life activities, it’s important for the sports partner to INITIATE several things:
a) Ask your mate if you can do anything during the week that is chore-related. “What can I do to help you this week?” is a wonderful way to create balance.
b) Initiate quality time together by saying, “I’ll plan a date for the two of us this week.”
c) Ask your mate if he or she would like “me time” during the week.
3. In defense of the sports partner, the mate who isn’t so much into football needs to make a valiant effort at spending time learning the game and watching the game once in awhile.
When it comes to football season, or any sports for that matter, it’s all about balance!