I’d like to think of myself a veteran when it comes to being a soccer mom. Carson our oldest started soccer as soon as he could run and has been playing the game ever since. We play spring and fall soccer so that is 8 seasons, four years of being a soccer mom and since the past two seasons all three of our minis started playing soccer I think I’m borderline an expert.
My mom was a soccer mom my whole childhood while my little brother played from little on up to high school, I was already given the soccer mom gene in the genetic lotto as well as observing her throughout all of those years.
So I have compiled some helpful tips I have acquired over time.
First of all you need a chair, don’t try to be a hero and stand the entire practice. A one hour practice is NEVER just one hour. Besides let yourself sit for a few moments because we all know that you were rushing home from work to rush kids out the door while shoveling food down their throats while tying what feels like seventeen thousand pairs of cleats, trying to remember everyone’s water bottles that aren’t even cold. So embrace the chair and a few moments, short moments of sitting.
Secondly, pack snacks. Like I said you just rushing the minis out the door and nine times out of ten you forgot to eat, so do yourself a favor and pack a snack. Besides soccer practice is always at that odd time when its too early to eat dinner before practice and the kids will be “starving” by the time practice is over.
Next, Plan ahead. I’m a planner always has been, always will be. Pre-Pack your soccer gear for the next day the night before. You’ll thank me for this one later. Soccer cleats, shin guards, socks, shorts, shirt, water bottle, snacks, chair, soccer ball, cell phone car charger.
Just to recap:
- Pack a chair
- Pack snacks
- Plan & Pack ahead
These are my top three tips for any rookie soccer mom just getting her feet wet in the game. And always remember it IS just a game and let kids be kids while playing the game.
Until next time . . .