If you’ve ever found yourself on the sidelines on a day like the one pictured above just so you could watch your kid play a sport, this post is for you.
Last fall I wrote about the lessons I’ve learned since becoming a soccer mom. I’m pleased to report that it’s still more fun than I imagined, especially because both of my boys’ teams underwent some kind of crazy growth and transformation in the off-season, and they’re playing really well this Spring. It’s as if they’ve started to really understand the game and trust their teammates.
There’s a problem in this progress, though. I find myself in the totally surprising (to me) position of not wanting to miss a game. And that means our family schedule has been more intense than I really prefer. I found myself getting upset with The Stowaway at The Bear’s game yesterday– his second of the weekend, and The Monkey had one Saturday, too– because she was bored and eating Goldfish and was thirsty. While she was acting perfectly appropriately for a three-year-old whose mother had forgotten to pack snacks and a drink and who had sat through too many games already and was closing in on nap time, I was wrapped up in the intensity of the game and not tending to her needs.
So here’s my question: how do those of you with multiple kids playing multiple sports do it all? Do you go to all the games? Do you and your spouse divide and conquer? Do the siblings come along, too? Do you have a snack/drink/entertainment regime that I can copy?
The thing is, as a family we’ve chosen to not do too many activities. Other than soccer (one practice a week and usually only one game a weekend per kid), the boys each take piano lessons for an hour a week. That’s it.
So what am I missing? Tell me all your secrets.
Good health and great happiness to you!