“Please, will you study with me Mom?” my 8-year-old son has been begging me every night. He’s not trying to prepare for the start of school, but instead for our upcoming fantasy football draft. Declan is determined to win this year, so he’s been watching pre-season NFL games and taking note of who he wants on our team. “Mom, we definitely need Russell Wilson,” he had determined after watching the Seahawks quarterback play his 3rd game of the 2016 pre-season.
When I started my mom and son league last year I had hoped it would bring me closer to my son, but I didn’t imagine it could open the door for communication and create the meaningful connection it has between the two of us.
So many of us moms are experts in handling the logistics of our kid’s sports with our color coded calendars to keep practice, game and snack volunteer dates straight and our overloaded transportation schedules, we forget it’s not enough to just to be your kid’s car pool, cook and cleanup woman. We have to make time to truly connect with our kids and I’ve tapped into a great way to do just that!
For the second year, I’ve invited nine of my favorite mom friends and their 7, 8 and 9-year-old sons to join my fantasy football league. (It could include daughters too, it just so happens my two girls aren’t that interested in football). If you want a way to create a meaningful bond your son (or daughter) then you have to play fantasy football with us this year! I swear, last year’s draft party was so fun it ended with a full-blown dance party! (There may have been some wine involved).
If you are scared by the word football, let me assure you, you don’t need to know anything about it to play.
Want to join us? Here’s what you need to do to get started…
- Find some friends who want to play: You need an even number of mom/kid pairs for a league and a minimum of 8 mom/kid pairs to play and a maximum of 20.
- Pick a date to hold your draft: It needs to be before September 8th, 2016 (The official start of the NFL season. I’m holding mine over Labor Day weekend. )
- Decide if you want to do an auto draft or hold a draft party and do it manually: Auto-draft is super simple. You will set up the computer to randomly pick everyone’s team. (We will tell you more about it in future posts) or host a draft party where you and your friends and the kids spend a few hours picking your players. Then you will need to manually enter each person’s pick as you draft (more to come on this to).
- Order a draft kit: If you want to do the draft and a draft party, I highly recommend ordering a draft kit, though it is not necessary. I like the one from NFL.com. It’s really nothing more than a giant poster and stickers with the player’s names, but it’s fun to stick each name on the board after a player is selected. It is really helpful in organizing everyone’s selections. My son and his friends loved looking at it all season long.