Busy sports parents will tell you that the true cost of being the parent of an athlete is not the money you spend on equipment or uniforms or shoes, it’s the one thing you can’t buy…. TIME. If you let them, youth sports can suck the free right out of your “free time.”
For example, if your child starts playing soccer at a young age, it may start out being all about fun, but as he grows and develops as a player, the demand will get greater. The best soccer players in the world will tell you that they played the game obsessively from a young age. If your child decides to seriously pursue soccer, be prepared for travel teams, soccer camps and clinics, and school soccer to keep you very busy.
A busy schedule is unavoidable if your child plays soccer (or any other sport) but letting the overloaded schedule drive you crazy is avoidable if you can keep these tips in mind:
Keep–and Follow–a Calendar
Life gets even more complicated if you have two or more athletes in the family, but you can manage multiple schedules if you have an efficient calendar system. It starts with being well informed with what is going on with your child’s team. Parents and teams who use tools such as TeamSnap to organize and automate team schedules on a computer or phone can access game information, including opponent, date, time, and location. Then those team calendars can sync with Apple iCal, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook 2007 (or newer) or any iCal-compatible calendar.
I don’t know about you, but I’m lost without my calendars and having a tool like TeamSnap that syncs with a personal calendar is a dream come true for busy sports parents. (At the end of this article, I will tell you how you can win a FREE ultra-plan from TeamSnap, as well as a free ebook!)
Enjoy Being Guilt-free Busy Sports Parents
Don’t spoil the fun of watching your child play sports by feeling 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.
Don’t Sweat the Mess
If you get behind on your housecleaning and it starts to drive you crazy, try to let it go. You can’t let a messy house rule your life! Many weekends, the vacuuming did not get done because I was off at another tournament. Guess what? We survived. My kids did not grow up thinking about the dust bunnies in the corners, but they do remember the memories we made when they were playing sports.
This too Shall Pass
That phrase is often used when consoling parents who are going through difficult seasons of life. But sadly, it also applies to the good times. So arm yourself with a good calendar and a plan for family event planning, forget the dirty dishes, and enjoy every minute while it lasts!
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Don’t waste another minute! The next season of youth sports is upon you.
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