Today’s question focuses on time-conserving tips if you are you busy with kids’ sports.
This mom asks:
What advice do you have for those competitive sports that are time-consuming at least three times a week? My child loves them and is doing well at school, but the sports are time-consuming.
First of all, I want to tell you: don’t feel guilty for your busy-ness. If you don’t like it, then change it after the season. But feeling guilty will suck the fun and pleasure out of watching your kid enjoy himself.
Fix meals ahead and find easy meals to prepare. There are tons of websites who can help you find easy meals to fix. Try cooking ahead and sticking some meals in the freezer that can come out at a moment’s notice. If you are a very particular cook, you may have to compromise your standards, substituting efficient for gourmet.
After each game, immediately wash uniform and set aside for next game. This could save hours of anxiety from last-minute searches. “Mom, I can’t find my jersey!!!” Geesh, how many times did I hear that?
Plan ahead. Sit down at beginning of each week and look at your schedule. Find where you might need to ask for carpooling help to practice or might need to leave work a bit early.
Don’t sweat the mess. Let it go, it will always be there to clean up. Many weekends, the vacuuming did not get done because I was off at another tournament. Guess what? We survived.
Have seats and stadium seats/coolers always in car. Saves time looking for them and loading in the car. Every minute saved is good…they add up.
Take camera with you always. Document the “busy-ness”; you will miss it someday.
This too shall pass. So enjoy every second of watching your child play. You will not always be so busy, I promise.
Sportsparents, ask your sportsparenting questions. Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.