If you have kids in sports (or multiple kids, as in my case) then you know how fun and also stressful it can be. Running this way and that from one field to another can be challenging but it’s so rewarding to see your kids enjoying themselves playing whatever their chosen sport is. After a few years of my kids playing sports, more so this year than any other year, I feel like I have a few tricks and tips up my sleeves to help make it a little easier on you! Here are ten of my best tips and tricks for sports moms everywhere!
1. Get organized
This goes without saying, but a sports mom life is a busy life. At the beginning of the season get yourself organized with practice times/days/places and coordinate these with your spouse or significant other. If you have multiple kids practicing at different places on the same day (been there!) get a plan going on how you are going to get each kid to where they need to be.
2. Get a great planner
Along with number one, is one of my best tips: get yourself a great planner!! You will need to keep all of these games, practices and clinics straight so you won’t be sure to miss anything. I personally LOVE Erin Condren’s Life Planner, and I’m not being paid to say that! Her planners are not only gorgeous but super easy to organize with color coded stickers so you can use a particular color for each child or day. If digital is your game, Cozi has a great app that you can coordinate with another person to help you stay organized on all of your commitments.
3. Get your kids their own gear bags
If you are like me, then you have oodles of bags everywhere you go anywhere, but it will help you immensely if you invest in a bag for each of your kids to carry their own gear in- especially for your bigger kids. My kids have been carrying their own gear since they were 5, so it can be done! Backpack kinds are great for even distribution of weight, but your older kids may want to have a duffle bag kind. Having them carry their own gear is good for two reasons: 1) it teaches them responsibility and how to take ownership of their own gear and 2) it’s less for you to carry!
4. Bring snacks
Bring snacks for those long practices and games for not only you but your kids! Fruits, granola bars, pretzels, whole grain crackers or protein bars are all good choices and also won’t spoil in the heat. I always pack ice packs too, since we live in the desert where it’s always hot- and speaking of heat- don’t forget extra water for the kids water bottles. I use a large thermos to carry extra water for everyone, since it’s better to be safe than sorry! Also, don’t forget the wipes for hands!
5. Be prepared with activities for your other kids
If you have littles that are sitting on the sidelines, be prepared with some additional activities for them so you can focus on the game. Here are 20 ideas to get you started!
6. Get a great wagon
Again, I am not being paid to say this, but my collapsable wagon has changed.my.life! It makes carrying all the gear, bags, blanket, chairs and water to and from the field so much easier. Here’s the kind I have and I have had friends also get theirs at Costco. If you are in the sports mom game for the long haul, then they are worth the investment-trust me!
7. Get to know the other moms
If you are spending so much time with these ladies, you may as well make friends! Not only is getting to know the other moms nice because you can chat while the kids practice, it can also be beneficial if you are in a bind and maybe need help once with a pick up or taking home- think: your youngest is sick but you don’t want your oldest to miss a practice and your husband is working. Knowing some of the other moms can help in these kind of situations.
8. Bring a mini first aid kit
This may not be obvious, and many coaches may have some, but not all do, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. I keep a mini one in my purse and a bigger one in my car.
9. Get to know your crock pot
Once your kids are bigger and you are having multiple games on the same day, sometimes you are left to eating dinner at the field. Get to know some crock pot recipes that you can make earlier and bring with you to the field so you aren’t always getting take out or just eating sandwiches. You can get started by checking out my Crock Pot Love board on Pinterest- I have a bunch of recipes on there!
10. Don’t forget to enjoy it!
With all of the hustle and bustle of running to this field and back, can leave you feeling rushed and tired- but don’t forget to enjoy these games with your kids! One of the best things about having a bigger kid is watching them do something they love- don’t get the rush take those moments away from you!