A Parent’s Guide to Enjoying the Super Bowl

Parenting and the Super Bowl don’t tend to be the greatest combinations. I mean, there is really no way your kids will leave you alone long enough to actually know what is going on in the game (or more important, appreciate the hyped up commercials) and they will most likely consume way too many snacks and stay up way too late. But don’t worry, I’ve come up with the Parent’s Guide to Enjoying the Super Bowl.

Activities

Want the kids to leave you alone for a little bit?  Then you need to bribe them with activities.  I’m not a Pinterest Perfect parent whatsoever, so if I have something for my boys to do, it has to be simple and straightforward with little to no work on my part.

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*Show Their Spirit– Have kids pick a team to root for and then go all out supporting them. Since my beloved Bears were absurdly AWFUL this year, we don’t have a clear favorite team left in the playoffs (except if you ask the boys’ New England loving uncle). So my boys typically pick their favorite based on team colors or their favorite animals (apparently the Dolphins were just as bad as the Bears this year…sigh). Then I let them take out all of the markers, crayons, and paint to make signs, banners, and anything else they want to show their team spirit.

 

*Play I Spy– I love using I Spy anytime I want my boys to have fun….and give me a break. So before the game starts, I create a grid, similar to a Bingo card, with different words and/or pictures of things that I think will be shown during the Super Bowl. For example, easy ones are cheerleaders, cars (I mean, isn’t every commercial a car commercial during the big game), someone with their face painted….you get the picture. It keeps my boys occupied and when they fill up an entire row or column, I give them a Super Bowl treat of their choice. Since my boys are pre-readers, we are still at the picture phase of the I Spy Card game.

 

*Go old school– Remember back in the day when you and your classmates would play paper football to pass the time at school? It might have driven your teacher crazy (I know it was one of my pet peeves), but now it’s something that you can enjoy as a parent. They will need some help folding the football and learning how to correctly “punt” it using their fingers, but they will love hurtling objects through the air without getting yelled at. And maybe you can finish a drink undisturbed.

*Roll out the paper– One of the absolute best ways to keep kids occupied is by rolling out a huge banner of paper. You can get them at craft stores, but those tend to be awkward, bulky, and take up way too much room. That’s why I love this more compact version from Land of Nod.  Roll out some paper and tape down the corners to secure it. Then have your kids work on creating their own football stadium, complete with stands, yellow goal posts, players….anything they can imagine. Bonus points for if they try to draw the halftime show performances.

 

Food

For many people, including myself, the SuperBowl is all about the food. It is the one day where I really don’t care about how many calories I ingest or how much my kids indulge because it is just plain fun. But I’m not one of those moms who will be creating my own SuperBowl stadium filled with snacks, oh no. I will be making some delish yet simple dishes and getting my boys involved all at the same time.

*Chicken and Waffles– Our weekends are all about lazy breakfasts, so why not save some waffles for the big game? My boys have a blast helping me mix the batter and get a kick out of drizzling honey and syrup all over the chicken and into every single nook and cranny of the waffle. Don’t want to overindulge? Cut up the chicken and waffle to make sliders instead. So easy peasy…and oh so delish.

 

*Smashed Potato Skins– Like any good Irish girl, I LOVE my potatoes. What I don’t love is all of the work I have to do to create potato skins….so I like to take the lazy mom shortcut. Half small red potatoes and boil them in salted water until fork tender. While the potatoes are taking a bath, fry up some bacon in a pan. Drain potatoes and put them back into the pot. Add the bacon grease as well as the bacon (crumble it up first…and don’t feel bad about taking a taste or two) to the potatoes. Finally, throw in as much shredded cheddar cheese as your little heart desires. Mix everything together and try to wait for everything to cool down before pigging out. As you can tell, I have no picture of this recipe. Because I eat it too fast to remember to take a photo. Oops.

*Pizza Bread– Take a break from doing all of the prep work and put your kids to work creating their own pizza bread. Simply slice a loaf of French bread (we find baguettes to be a little too hard on my boys’ little and sensitive mouths) and then let them start creating! Be sure to have jarred pizza sauce, a TON of cheese, and lots of different toppings on hand. Pop it in the oven at 4oo degrees until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

 

*Slow Cooker Pulled Pork– This recipe drives tons of traffic to my site every day. Why? Because it is oh so simple and oh so delicious.

 

So there you have it, ways to get your kids involved in the SuperBowl prep in a way that lets you be as hands off as possible and actually enjoy the game. Well, not like before you had kids, but you get the point.  Here’s to hoping that the Bears will be playing next year in the big game…I would for sure be booking a babysitter! 😉 Be sure to share this Parent’s Guide to Enjoying the SuperBowl with all of the pigskin lovers you know.

 

Enjoy the Game!
Amanda
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Comments

  1. XmasDolly says

    I find making pizza with the kids the most fun. I give them the doh all flat and round and I tell them they have to spread the sauce first and then I bring out all the little bowls filled with toppings and I tell them to have at it, but to remember whatever they put on the pizza they have to eat. A mess.. but tons of fun!!!! They were really good about cleaning up though. They ate everything they dropped! hahahaha

  2. Angelic Sinova says

    I’m not the biggest sports fan so for me, the SuperBowl is definitely all about the food! I remember when I was a kid, we would always make little crafts to show which team we were supporting <3

    • Amanda says

      Hopefully my boys will be into the game once they are a bit older…right now it is a bit too confusing for a two and four year old.

  3. Jelli says

    I’ve never watched the Superbowl with my kids awake, but I can imagine that diversions are the best way to go. Definitely checking out your slow cooker recipe for game day or really for any day. Yum!

    • Amanda says

      And I will most definitely be able to watch my team be victorious…hopefully! So many former Bears on the Panthers!

    • Amanda says

      As much as I appreciate the Broncos, I have too many former Bears on the Panthers to not cheer for them. Would love to see Peanut Tillman get a ring!

    • Amanda says

      I especially love adding veggies to both the sauce and the toppings. Makes it feel like a bit less of a guilty pleasure!

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