We have been to Iowa Cubs baseball games, Bradley basketball games (Go BU!), Drake, NIU and SEP football games, and Iowa Stars and Des Moines Bucs hockey games. And if we lived closer, they would have already “Jumped Around” at Camp Randall or observed Touchdown Jesus in South Bend (don’t worry – soon!).
As you may have guessed, Scott and I are huge sports fans! Between both of us, we have pretty much played every sport (even bowling)! Ok – so no soccer or water polo, but pretty much the basics for small town athletics. Scott even played baseball locally until the girls were born. Plus, we still enjoy a round of golf in our “free “ time. And we love to watch sports – college football, basketball, hockey – you name it, we probably have a favorite team.
So, we get excited when the girls mention they want to try something new – especially when it involves sports. In addition to just our love of sports, it is a great way for them to stay active, learn new skills (including respect and listening to their coach), and meet new kids. This however, brings a new set of challenges for us.
1. Scheduling – when does practice start? You do realize I don’t get off work until then, right? Plus, when do they eat? Practice normally means that I leave work early (i.e. log in after the girls go to sleep); drive like a maniac to pick them up, make sure that I have all of the gear packed up (including snacks); rush to the field and hope that they are excited for practice.
- Yes, I do drive a mini-van
- Yes, I am a soccer mom
3. Competition – Scott and I are extremely competitive, but we try to realize it is only a game and A & B are only 4! Already we have noticed some people are CRAZY! Is it really necessary to keep your “top scorer” in the whole game? Isn’t this the time when the game is supposed to be fun?
4. Burn out – yep, I said it. I still want the kids to love the game. I believe they need to practice and focus on teamwork, but at the end of the day, I just want them to have fun.
5. Trying new things – I want them to try everything and find something they like. Which means = more activities. And I don’t want to limit them because I am a working mom and it would be a scheduling nightmare.
So with all of that being said (whew), I would love some advice /thoughts from other moms on what they do for activities. Maybe I should have titled this post “Too Many or Not Too Many?”
To top it off, B asked the other day when basketball would start…