Tom Dobrez is the author of “Root Root Root for the Home Teams: A Chicago Fan’s Odyssey to Find the Meaning of Life Through Sports”, an autobiographical account of his life as a sports fan. In this memoir, he examines how sports can teach us about family and success in life.
A Heartfelt Exploration of Father-Son Bond Through Sports
“In this episode of the Dad Edge podcast, Larry Hagner welcomes author Tom Dobrez to discuss his book “Root, Root, Root” and his unique childhood experiences with his father. Tom shares how his dad was not only his baseball coach but also took him and his siblings to professional sporting events in Chicago. This episode offers a heartfelt exploration of the father-son relationship and the impact it can have on a child’s life.
Sports, Outdoor Play and Building a Healthy Foundation
Tom Dobrez describes how his father was their baseball coach, and they would often play organized sports together. However, it was not just organized sports that filled their days. Tom’s father built a small ball field in their backyard, providing the perfect setting for their baseball games. The family’s love for sports extended to attending professional sporting events, such as Chicago White Sox, Blackhawks, and Bears games. This exposure to sports and outdoor activities created a foundation for Tom’s love of sports and physical activity.
The Healthful Impact of Outdoor Activities
Engaging in outdoor play has numerous benefits for children’s physical and mental well-being. Outdoor play promotes physical fitness and helps children develop gross motor skills, coordination, and balance. Playing sports and games also teaches children the importance of teamwork, communication, and fair play. Additionally, being outdoors exposes children to fresh air and sunlight, which are essential for overall health and well-being.
Embracing Nature: The Mental Health Connection
Outdoor play also has significant mental health benefits. Being in nature has a calming effect on the mind and reduces stress and anxiety. It allows children to disconnect from technology and experience the natural world around them.
Highlighting the Importance of Outdoor Play in Today’s Digital Age
In today’s digital age, where children are often glued to screens and have limited opportunities for outdoor play, it is crucial to recognize the importance of outdoor play in childhood. Tom’s childhood experiences highlight the joy and benefits of spending time outdoors, engaging in physical activities, and building connections with others.
- Take risks, enjoy the moment.
- Sports build confidence and relationships.
- Share stories, create generational bonds.
What You’ll Learn
00:04:32 Childhood without technology was memorable.
00:05:39 Disconnect from devices, engage with others.
00:16:09 Sports build meaningful relationships.
00:16:38 Shared experiences deepen relationships.
00:32:22 Positive attitude drives success.
00:37:44 Prioritize quality time with kids.
00:44:31 Bond with your kids through shared experiences.
00:46:00 Shared experiences create lasting memories.
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