Friday Night Smackdown (Family Version)

12When I get home on Friday evenings, my five year-old son rushes to greet me.

“Hi, Daddy,” he says as he wraps his arms around my legs. “Do you know what day it is?”

“Yes,” I say as I give him a big squeeze. “I know what day it is. Do you?”

“It’s wrestling day!” He yells.

My kids and I are huge wrestling fans, and we can’t wait until Friday night to huddle around the TV and watch our favorite superstars. This tradition actually started when I was a child. My mother and I would unwind after a long week by watching huge, sweaty men body slam each other. It was the perfect mother/son bonding activity.

As a single parent, my mother didn’t have much time to relax. That’s why I cherished this time with her. It was two hours of uninterrupted quality time every weekend. My mother would get so excited when her favorite wrestlers, Junkyard Dog, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and The Rock and Roll Express, would have a match. She’d cheer so loudly that I was worried that the neighbors would hear and call the cops. But my mother was enjoying herself and she didn’t care who knew it.

My kids and I also get pretty loud while we’re watching wrestling. Not only do we watch the matches, but we also play with our wrestling action figures during the commercial breaks. We may even do a little wrestling ourselves – for that extra adrenaline boost (read the rest of the post on my Together Counts blog).

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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