When did you start taking your son's to the Michigan Football games? My son will be 7 months in August, and I was wondering if anyone had experience taking a child that young to a Michigan game.
Here is a good advice thread
I now realize that my wife wanted me to take my son so she could have the afternoon to herself...but its not babysitting when its your kid...its called being a dad (according to wife)
don't plan on spending more than an hour in the big house...buy them something before you go to the game
We went the week after ND for EMU...kid in front of us had one of those PonPons...my son and his friend went ape b/c they didn't have anything to shake
Supposedly my dad took me to Gator games when I was still in those baby sling type things. I slept the whole time usually. Alas, I wasn't meant to be a Gator.
A child surely isn't going to remember anything from when they are 7 months old. Wait 3 or 4 years.
took my daughter to her first game: App State
it was hot as balls and we left in the 3rd qtr. if you're taking a kids that young, don't bother unless you know the weather will be reasonable, and you know it won't be the upset of the century
she was 1.5 BTW
I have daughters and we started them on sports early, albeit local ones. My oldest is 6 and is getting to the point where she can understand what's going on. Still, when I have my kids with me the experience is about them, both intentionally and by default.
If you bring an infant to a game you will be paying for a ticket for someone who will not remember the experience, and may require attention at inopportune times. If you are willing to say that you missed an incredible Denard touchdown run because you were changing a diaper and not be upset about it, then it's worth the effort. Otherwise...
little macdaddy to the Minnesota game in 1994 when he was 6 months old. No problem. The bigger issue is in a couple years when they're toddlers, have no attention span and are still in diapers. Still took him but it wasn't as much fun. Need to do it though for the brainwashing to "take." He'll be a Michigan freshman this fall.
I'll be bringing my son next year. He will be nearly 3. Not sure how he will handle the crowd. I may have a contingency plan if he starts to want to leave. Isn't that what grandpa's are for?
I've found it helps to get my kids prepared for what's going to happen. Explaining the crowds and the noise and stuff, and make a show about being excited about it. Helped with my kids, anyway.
The harder part is fighting the boredom that comes when you combine a naturally short attention span with a game that they do not yet understand. Bringing alternative entertainment can help.
Took my son when he was almost 3 while my daughter was under 1. Not a great experience. It was a September game, and you know how hot it gets in there. But once he got to be about 5, it became fun for both of us.
My parents took me to games as a baby, but that was in the 70s. I have a 5 year old and he's only been to spring games. I think this is the year, just depends on the game. Maybe AF? Certainly not Iowa or sparty though
Depends on what you think will interest your son. He may really like that his dad is pumped up about the Wolverines, seeing so many people in one place, the band, etc. Unless he has a strong interest in sports I doubt he'd know the nuances of Michigan football, traditions, etc. But I think you can't go wrong in taking him.
I've taken two of my boys to UM games and they were roughly that age - great time for sure.
Sorry - I thought I read 7 years, not 7 months. In that case, perhaps a tad too young. :-)
If this 7 month old already has an interest in sports then I want him on this blog! I say get him an account, and I'll nominate a username of MGoPooper.
Don't take them until first grade. The last thing you want is a toddler repeating cuss words from a fan.
"Daddy, what's a cooler pooper ?"
"Why are the people in green and white burning their sofas ?"
"Why would anyone live in South Bend ?"
"How do the Badgers get their cheerleaders so plump ?"
"Is the scary Cornhusker guy going to eat me ?"
"So when WILL they be in the tournament ?"
"How do the Gophers get their cheerleaders so pale ?"
"Is it ok if I go to Chuck E Cheese with the nice PSU assistant coach ?"
"So when WILL Indiana win a conference game then ?"
"Are Boilermakers a team or a drink order ?"
"Do Iowa people talk about things besides corn ?"
"Why do all the good Illinois people play for Michigan ?"
"Those guys in scarlet and grey have such fancy tattoos - are they expensive ?"
I guess it could be educational, when you look at it in the right light. Better they learn these lessons from you than on the playground . . .
took my daughter to Atlanta Braves game at that age. I was with her in Atlanta I live in Michigan. she slept the whole time I had to hold her, was a very bad experience. The game was not in the plans though decided at last minute to catch game.
thinking about taking my sons to the spring game. they are 5 and 3
they'll get see then players (ive taught them to idolize denard) and I won't have to worry about my 3 year old wanting to leave at halftime, after paying full price for 3 tickets
Take them to Fan Day. See below.
Spring game is a great idea, plenty of room to run around and you don't have to worry about missing any action and can leave anytime.
Way too young. You'll see in a couple of moths. Your son will be harder to handle, but just as disinterested/oblivious to what is happening. 3-4 is probably a good time to take him to a cupcake level game. He needs to be 10+ to appreciate a game like OSU or MSU.
I have three kids under the age of three. I take them to sporting events. However, I wouldn't go if I wasn't in a private suite. Then again my shoes probably cost more than your house.
This guy's rich if you didn't pick up on it. As in, he has money. Did you read the part about the private suite? I liked the part about how much money he has.
keep telling us how much money you have. A person can be rich with money and very poor when it comes to character or class.
I'm pretty sure a damn good percentage of M grads make 6 figures or more and in many cases 7 figures. Don't get on Mgoblog and get all cocky about the money you have or make, maybe you inherited it, all that makes you is lucky if that's the case.
Also, Go Blue!
Not sure, but it smells like new money. #classless #actlikeyousatinasuitebefore
Who would advertise the fact that they're a big enough dumbass to pay more than a house costs for shoes, even if they have money?
Just if you're doing it and don't want to advertise you're a brain-dead douchenozzle, it had better be a private auction.
I'm not disagreeing with you at all. That said, if his shoes are more expensive than a pair of Nordstrom's loafers, I'll eat them.
why would he assume we live in houses that cost less than 50k? this is a michigan blog.
I had to check to see if this was the same guy who disapproved of wearing jerseys.
It wasn't. I guess it's a double douche day.
I don't think I'm a douche, but if you're over the age of 25 and still wear jerseys you look fucking stupid.
I think that if any of that were true you wouldn't have felt the need to log on to MGoBlog to post about it.
3 kids under the age of three?
You can afford a luxury suite, but not birth control? Don't be a fool, wrap your tool!
(unless of course they are triplets or twins + 1)
IMO, you have to wait until they are out of diapers, and old enough to go to bathroom and sit relatively still for at least an hour.
Get there early enough to see the pregame and band, and be sure to stay in seats for halftime and the band. The band has color and music and action that kids like. For a young kid, football might not be so interesting, depending. All kids are different.
Be prepared to get food of varying kinds throughout the game. They can eat a lot and may get bored just sitting there. Early games in the season when it won't bother you to get up and move around might be best.
Be patient, but set ground rules before the game and then be prepared to ignore the ground rules, like we will watch the game. Take something for them to fiddle with during game. Let them stand on seat if they want when everyone is standing, otherwise they have no hope of seeing anything.
Hope for the wave. Be patient. Sit withfriends who are equally patient and understanding.
2 year old to the spring game. From there we will see how long she last. Anyone know if cameras are allowed in? Too lazy to look it up.
to a game last season, albeit not Michigan. She liked it, loved the cheerleaders, the band. Got a snack, stayed until halftime, she thought it was over and wanted to leave in any case.
They don't know about the scroe or whatnot until around 7 or 8. I'd wait until about 4 or 5. Always trips me out when I see people bringing babies to games of any sort, I have a 3-month old and wouldn't think about it. She'd be more interested in her own fingers anyway.
Almost took my 7 month old to the Notre Dame night game... had an extra ticket and everything. But I'm glad I didn't... he would have gotten crushed... it was crazy.
And looking back, considering the cost of a ticket and the fact that he won't remember a thing, I'm not sure why I even thought about bringing him... other than the obvious that I want him to be a Michigan Man. But I've got plenty of time to take him to games when he will actually appreciate and remember them.
I have been able to take 4 of my 5 nephews and my daughter to games. I have found that 6 is around the age that they start paying attention to the actual game. Anything younger than that and they're not into it really much at all.
We do the spring game every year...
never done a real game yet...
I will wait till they are 7 or 8.
a road trip to look at Universities at 17. Yes we had watched many games on TV is various places, but this was also a bonding thing. You should have seen his face, flowing with the tide down State street toward the stadium, the madness swirling about. He had never experienced anything like it. Even if it was Minnesota...I suddenly realized that I had only the faded images left of back in the day....shadows really. Needed to be recharged. Remastered as it were. He at some primal level became a Michigan Man that day.
My son will be almost 3 when the season rolls around and I've contemplated 2012 as being the year I first take him to a game. Thing is, I'm realizing as he approaches that age that he will likely not last more than 2 quarters at best, and I doubt he will understand the point at all. I'm thinking it might be a better idea to simply take him to a game at Rynearson Stadium as a practice run. If he handles it well, then maybe I will consider a game at the Big House this year.
I take my girls to UMD football games (D-II) every year, and it's a great experience. It's also not as big of an investment and there's more flexibility in where we sit. We do tailgate before the game and stay for the whole thing, but a lot of what the girls enjoy at this age is the sensory experience. And we keep them occupied with stuff.
Or even an MGoDad, but what I've heard/read on here is that the spring game is a GREAT place to try out bringing kids to games. The tickets are $5 instead of $75. If you have to leave you don't miss an actual game and you'll get updates here. The crowds wont be as big/drunk/loud/everything. It makes total sense to me that it would be a great place to try taking a kid to a game. If your kid makes it through the spring game, expect the kid to handle a real game that fall. If they make it a half, expect a half, etc.
Will one of you be my adopted MGoDad and take me to a game? I promise I'll behave. I've never been to one.
Legitimately interested. Why do people feel a need to bring their small children to football games (I guess I’ll arbitrarily set the number at 10 and under)? The kid is not going to enjoy the game. They won’t be able to see anything, they are confined to a small area, and the people around you might not take the care to censor themselves. They’re just going to complain about wanting to leave at halftime.
I started going to 4th quarters with my dad back in the 80s when they let you in, and my first full games were under 10. I understood the game by 6 or 7. Some of my favorite memories are going to games with my Dad. It's a bonding experience.
I feel like a tool for shilling for another thread like this, but this kinda explains the appeal.
I started going to Tigers games with my dad when I was five. Still have the programs, tickets, and season yearbooks and remember the experiences. Why not take your kids to games? I've never understood excluding kids until age X (you say 10) then expecting them to appreciate these events and behave appropriately when we do include them. This applies to games, plays, restaurants, etc. etc. If you don't want to bring your kids, don't bring your kids. Period. Mine will be there.
Baseball is much different, you don't really have to pay attention and getting up to walk around is part of the culture.
Started bringing my son to M football games at around 8 and that was a good age for him. I actually want to watch the game so I waited until he coul make it through at least halftime. Went to basketball games earlier (less investment and missing a chunk of the game was less of an issue).
I've got a 2 year old and I will probably take her before she's ready to sit through a whole game. Even though she's not ready for the whole experience there will still be a lot of parts that she'll enjoy (snacks, the band, everyone singing the victors etc...) and it will be fun for me to share those moments even if she won't enjoy the whole experience. Of course, she won't care about the opponent, so I'll do this at an EMU game and not UTL, but I think that's the impetus for most dads with little kids.