School and sports, especially soccer, are upon us and many parents are scrambling for new solutions to make this season better than the last, including me. However, my wife and I decided to be more proactive this year and also more restrictive with activities this soccer season. Why? The financial and time budgets are just ridiculous if we say yes to everything. Not only are we running around like crazy, but our other resources can get depleted very quickly too [like our relationship time]. So I am sharing with you my list of the 6 smartest soccer parent habits for preseason soccer this fall.
Get ready for travel soccer
I know this sounds cliché but what I mean is to be more prepared in terms of snack and injury bags, travel bags, long-term planning for game schedules, and pre-planned travel meal bags and healthy alternatives.
The GFT Pinterest page has a ton of great ideas on all of these!
There’s a big difference with this topic.
For some, travel means just to the local games.
Others will travel out of state up to 3-5 times per year to play games or tournaments.
Do what’s best for you. Don’t think you have to be on these teams, especially at ages 10-12 years old. If your kid is really playing well and invited to top teams at age 14+ I think it will help.
Financially too much travel soccer can be draining, but most clubs offer scholarship for 1-2 players on each team. Hey, this is a business for the soccer clubs, so let it be for you too.
Plan conversation time in the car
Not only are cell phones super dangerous when driving but they epitomize what is wrong with many relationships today.
Think about it – you are sitting less than 2 feet from someone you love and sacrifice for and you are [both] so busy talking and texting that you have no real conversation.
Time in the car with our kids does wonders… My wife gets most of this opportunity due to my schedule, but I love to – when able.
4 good topics:
- Consider current soccer news of their favorite team
- Talk about plans for family fun after the game this weekend
- Suggest hosting an end-of-season party for the team and ask what your kid would like to do
- Ask for input on snacks as Snack Mom for the team
Rest or sleep while traveling
If you and your kid are always busy and exhausted, pack things for good rest time in the car.
A simple pillow and blanket, ear plugs, cool air and adequate drive time will refresh almost anyone!
Rest is needed for hard workers!
Pre-plan [& prepare] meals
Meal planning is one of the hottest topics out there – and for good reason.
It saves families tons of time and money. It’s a healthier alternative to junk food and reduces consumption of empty calories that don’t fuel the body.
One thing my wife does that I appreciate is after purchasing all the fruits and vegetables for the week. She immediately comes home and washes and slices everything and then stores the veggies in airtight containers and fruit in open ones.
This makes the healthy snacking easier for us all [and more likely to happen] and a fresh, hot dinner easier to prepare.
Be consistent with routine, including rest
Adults and kids alike do better overall with routine. Especially when it comes to homework and bedtime.
My wife uses a local blogger for easy and free printable for routines and more.
This helps kids to know what to expect and when they should be moving on.
Identify the quality time
While you make the effort to be a more organized, cost-conscious, time-managing, involved parent, remember that kids are kids.
They make mistakes and they need to be coached by you more than they need training by me. Coach them on what these things are that you are doing.
Identify the efforts big and small as mom’s [or dad’s] use of quality time. This helps them be more aware of what you are doing and hopefully facilitate more great relationship time for you both.
Recap on the 6 smartest soccer parent habits
Now that we’ve covered the 6 smartest soccer parent habits let’s put them to work. Also share this with your friends and teammates parents. From the response I’ve gotten from this post, they will thank you for it.
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