My girls are getting older. They can get their own breakfast, do their own homework, dress themselves, do their own hair, pretty much take care of themselves. And it is BLISSFUL! I am not kidding. Those of you mothers that have tiny children, babies and toddlers, it does get easier. Well, it gets easier for a while before it gets harder again anyways. I’m guessing because we are still in the easier years, but if most kids are anything like me growing up, then the teenager years will be hard again. (Full disclosure: I only have my children to use as an example. We worked really hard at discipline when the girls were young and I feel like we are reaping the benefits of that hard work now.)
One of the fun experiences that comes with our kids getting older is getting to watch them play sports. I have no problem admitting that I am a full fledged soccer mom and everything that comes with that. Are you? Here are a few signs that you might be a soccer(Or insert your child’s favorite sport. During the summer, I’m a softball mom.) mom.
1. Your car seats at least 7 people…legally. While I am still fighting the minivan movement, I have a Traverse that seats seven. It’s as close as I hope to ever come to a minivan. Sorry all my friends out there that think minivans are somehow cool. Jason, I promise they are not now and never will be cool.
2. Your kids ask you why you have your jammies on when you just got dressed for the day. Hey, these clothes may look the same, but they’re different than the ones I wore to bed.
3. Chairs in a bag are a permanent accessory to your car. They never get taken out because you’ll just need them again in a few days.
4. You own a thousand elastic headbands. None of which can be found when it’s time to leave for practice.
5. The cracks in your seats are filled with sunflower seeds. Seriously?! In my car?!
6. You have no voice the day after a game. I try to just yell helpful encouraging things, but I can not keep my mouth shut. I think I might have some kind of condition, like tourettes but it only happens during games.
7. Some days you spend more time in your car than you do in your house. Well, it feels that way anyways. Take one child to practice. Go home. Get another child. Take that child to practice. Pick up first child from practice. Take home. Pick up second child from practice. Go home. Start all over again tomorrow.
8. Your child’s closet smells like a high school boys locker room. The smell of those cleats can not be tamed!
9. Coaches are heroes to you. I know I could never lead a team through losses and wins and practices in 100 degree heat and games in 40 degree temps. It takes special people to do this job and I have so much respect for them!
10. You know that at the end of the day, it’s all worth it. Sports teach our kids so much. Respect, resilience, hard work, determination, humility, and so much more.
I take the name of soccer mom as a badge of honor. It means I sacrifice my time and my hobbies and my selfishness to support my kids and their interests. So fellow soccer moms. Let’s step out of our giant vehicles and stand together in our yoga pants to support our kids. Soccer moms unite!!