Wordful Wednesday-The One In Which She Becomes a Soccer Mom?

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right.

Last June the boys begged and begged to play soccer in the Fall.

Begged and begged.

So, we (and by me I mean Jeff and I.  No way was I going to say yes without Jeff’s participation as well) relented.  And signed them up.

And now they are experiencing an active role in organized sports for the first time.

They are loving it.

I’m already NOT loving it.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love that they love practice and are enjoying themselves.  I just don’t love that I have to get off my lazy arse and take them to practice.   Don’t even get me started about giving up my Saturday mornings for games, or volunteering additional time.  I see my time flitting away and it makes me feel……selfish………and wishful for the days before I started having to schedule team practices into my days.

I’m just hopeful that their team mates have parents that are DYING to snatch up the time consuming mandatory volunteer roles so I don’t have to.

In the mean time, I’m working on my attitude, and enjoying their smiles.

I have heard it’s worth it.

I’ll let you know at the end of the season.

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  1. 4

    says

    I can totally relate to this, BUT, I have a big out!! My husband coaches one of my kids teams, and my sis in-law coaches a team that our two youngest kids are on!! And, my two older kids decided not to play soccer this year!

  2. 5

    says

    The only two sports that my kids do at the moment are soccer and swimming… and I schedule their classes together so that I don’t have to take two separate trips! They’re not old enough for team practices and such yet… so I’m still enjoying it. 🙂

    Happy WW.

  3. 6

    Alysha says

    oh man.. I feel ya on the sports thing. It is great to get them started early and I can’t help but love this picture. Happy WW!

  4. 7

    says

    Oh, that is such a cute pic! I nannied for a soccer player and enjoyed that role. However, I looked into joining my own kid and quickly thought otherwise! Two to three practices a week plus games two nights a week, plus every Saturday morning for a couple months. For a 4 year old…not so much!

  5. 8

    says

    This summer my kids have gotten more into their sports than ever… swim team and select soccer… and, while it is fun and I love seeing them pursue what they like to do, it is pretty intense having a soccer tournament or swim meet almost every weekend. You’ll have fun, though. Soccer is so much fun to watch (and I’m not even really a sports person!).

    Hugs to you. 🙂

  6. 9

    says

    I so hear you on this!!! My oldest decided not to play fall baseball this year and I have to say in secret I have danced many o’ happy jigs about that! Spring baseball combined with my daughter’s dance class just about did me in! Yeah, I was one of those moms, “Hurry kids, we have to hurry and leave ballet so we have time to eat dinner before baseball!”

  7. 10

    says

    I really wanted Kaish to do that this year. you will never guess what he picked instead. Fencing. I kid you not. I know you will be the coolest mom at those Saturday morning games!

  8. 12

    says

    been there..done that once…and once only, if you get my drift (wink wink). Keep your head up girly and it will be over before ya know it.

  9. 15

    says

    We’re getting ready to hit the soccer fields again very soon–and I still, after all these years, still struggle with the ‘Soccer Mom’ moniker!

    Hugs!
    Blessings!

  10. 16

    says

    Well, I feel better! I’m already dreading when the kids get old enough to play organized sports and they suck up any free time that we have. Glad to know I’m not alone in feeling that way!

  11. 17

    says

    I’ve been warned that Soccer is very time consuming! This summer, I signed my kids up for gymnastics and swim lessons (both just 1x a week things) and that’s been enough. I fear the day when I’m running all 3 kids to this practice and that activity…

    Meanwhile – I think I just posted one of my favorite posts EVER!!

  12. 20

    says

    Oooof. Feeling your dichotomy. Not too keen on soccer personally—but how adorable does your boy look?!?! Maybe it’ll grow on you? 😉

  13. 23

    laurie Johnson says

    I wish I could offer so gems of hope but I am mostly of the same mind as you in this area. I love watching them play but am glad other parents seem so happy to participate. good luck!

  14. 27

    says

    I was thinking of signing Sadie up for soccer this fall. Now I am re-thinking it! Ha! You will have to go check out my WW- one of the kids actually ate what I made for dinner! SHOCKER!
    And- did u see my 1st vlog?? I can’t believe I actually did it!

  15. 28

    says

    We just finished with summer soccer – I’m not really missing it. But the games are pretty fun to watch. They are so cute playing at that age.

  16. 29

    says

    I * LOVE * pee-wee sports . . . it’s HILARIOUS! Of course, if I was having to drag kids around and give up MY time (what little there is that is mine), yeah — I might be a little grumpy about it too.

    NOT that I’m insinuating you’re grumpy. :=)

  17. 31

    says

    This cracks me up because I was just discussing with my husband if we should sign the 6 yr old up again (he played in the Fall) because it did take a lot of time and getting up off my ‘arse’! HA!

    But yes, it is worth it. Somewhat. 😉

  18. 33

    says

    I can totally relate. Little Man just made club soccer. Lots of money and games out of state? Oh my. Heaven help me. The first tourny hubs will be working that weekend. Hang in there. No advice. Happy WW!

  19. 36

    says

    I know I say I can’t wait for that, and I try to convince myself that I will run and practice with them and teach them…I mean dang 12 years of soccer should help me right? Yeah I think when the time comes I will be feeling just as you do!

  20. 37

    says

    I am glad the boys are loving soccer, but I can totally understand how hard it must be to let go of your precious time. As mommies we hardly get any to begin with, so letting go of more can never be easy!

  21. 38

    says

    They love it? Embrace their enthusiasm (despite the cost to you); much more preferable to apathy, downright refusal to participate (AFTER you purchase all the gear), or some other less positive attitudes.

    Cute picture!! Good luck.

  22. 40

    says

    Funny you mention this…I just got the “mandatory volunteer” email today. Someone needs to be ball runner, someone needs to keep score, someone needs to bring fruit…etc….argh.

    I know that they need the help but man, I just want to watch the game once or twice.

    Happy WW!!!

    Mindy

  23. 42

    says

    LOL I always have to readjust my attitude when my daughter does a sport. I hate sitting outside in the hot, the rain, the cold, the wind.. and I also HATE dealing with the other parents that are WAY too critical of their children’s athletic abilities.

  24. 43

    says

    Sports are so hard. On the one had, the kids LOVE it. On the other hand, it’s a TON of work for mom and dad! After our ridiculous schedule last fall and winter, I declared a sabbatical from sports and we took almost six months off. We are just getting started again and I’ve become a taxi driver once more!

  25. 44

    says

    OH! I am soooo glad I am not alone in hating organized sports. I always feel like such a horrible mom because I can’t stand all of the…. well, all of it. UGH
    The two pluses… they sure look cute & they have lots of fun.

  26. 47

    says

    Ah yes, our soccer season will be starting in a few weeks as well. We’ve done soccer for (gulp) 5 years already and this year both of my younger girls will be playing. We’ll be juggling practices and games and all of that fun stuff – I love watching them play, but you’re right that the logistics can often be a nightmare. I’m usually happy when October comes and we’ve got a while until spring practices and games begin again. 🙂

  27. 49

    JDaniel4's Mom says

    It sounds like the kids were ready. It will be fun to watch them play and work together with others on the team.

  28. 50

    says

    I feel your pain. I’ve tried my best to get my kids to stay away from signing up for sports and luckily I’ve been able to get them to stay away from the ones that decide to wake me up super early on Saturdays since they’re into karate. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that karate will be the sport of choice forever, lol.

    Good luck chica. 🙂

  29. 51

    says

    yeah – i’m pretty sure i wouldn’t change anything, and by anything i mean the past 20 years of getting up early on saturday mornings, but when they’re all done, i’m pretty sure i won’t miss it either! (ok, maybe a little…)

  30. 52

    says

    It is fun watching them play! My kids love it. Our soccer season starts any day now, as soon as we hear from the coach. But my son is just 5 so I imagine there is alot of standing around with their fingers up their noses!

  31. 54

    says

    From one soccer mom to another I will say you get used to it. I’m not gonna say it’s worth it, because when you get to the point that we are at (after 5 yrs on the pitch already) and you are driving boys to different fields nearly everyday of the week it sorta doesn’t really feel like it’s worth it. I mean worth it is a strong phrase…

  32. 55

    Lauren @ Hobo Mama says

    That’s what’s preventing me from signing my kid up for even one class yet — I wanted to do this parent-toddler dance class with him, but they all only meet in the mornings. Ugh. Mornings? Really?

    Feel free to come by and link up at Hobo Mama!

  33. 57

    says

    MY FEELINGS EXACTLY 😉

    We are taking a break from my son playing sports this Fall because he is entering first grade and I am uncertain how he’ll transition into a full day program at school. And by his transition, I do mean how I’ll handle having something that has to happen each day–getting him up at a certain time, fed by a certain time, dressed by a certain time, lunches made, etc.

  34. 58

    says

    I am going back and forth on what day to put the girls in their ballet class. I dread Saturday mornings but it might be the time that works out the best for us. GL this year!

  35. 64

    says

    Wait, you mean your kids can actually be outside in shinguards in August?? So jealous. It’s a thousand degrees here by 9am.

    Seriously, though, I feel your pain. Swim team was like that for us…but it all seems to work out fine (and fun) in the end.

  36. 65

    says

    We sweated our way through a soccer season – but the kids didn’t enjoy it as much as their Mother enjoyed taking pictures of them in their cute uniforms so we are trying Karate this year. Good Luck – don’t forget your water!

  37. 67

    says

    Awe! He looks so cute! I hear the hardest part is the coaches and certain moms that take it too serious.

    My daughter played flag football one year but no soccer. Smiling is the best thing you can do. 🙂

  38. 69

    says

    You are not selfish. It looks to me like you are a great soccer mom, volunteering for anyhing. The other parents that aren’t volunteering are the selfish ones. I haven’t had to do this for Ozzy yet and least not sports wise. I have had to take him to a few birthday parties this summer, when I would rather be at camp, but thats what us mamas do. Good luck being a soccer mom. I would love for you to come read my WW post.
    http://traci66.blogspot.com/2010/08/wordful-wednesday-to-much-fun-at-camp.html

  39. 70

    says

    I’m one of those non-sports moms. I’ve done it, but not nearly as much as my friends. I get tired of the games and practices really fast!

  40. 71

    says

    I’m totally laughing – Lord how I hear you. Oldest has been playing since he was 4, Youngest starts his first season on Saturday. I seriously cannot wait to swoon when I see him in his uniform for the first time – nothing more adorable.

    But oh the practices, the practices! Oldest is on a select team (you think football is big in Texas?) which means he actually has practice TWICE a week.

    I try not to cry myself to sleep each night over the cliche that my life has become. I’m debating taking up knitting just to add a little spice.

    Soccer moms rule.

  41. 72

    says

    .
    I love your honesty 🙂 and this just makes me giggle.

    I hope you’ll find the enjoyable times of it ….I too , am thinking about how my time will get less and less and…ok. I get the working on the attitude thing.

    Um bring your camera? lol

    Enjoy today.

  42. 73

    says

    I do not look forward to the days of organized sports! Lord knows we all wonder what happened to the life we used to have before parenthood!

  43. 75

    says

    LOL I can totally relate! I prefer sports and extra curricular activities that require minimal driving time and minimal practice days and games.

  44. 76

    says

    Oh man, I wish I had some advice for you!! I’m so not there yet (mine is just 2) so I think I’ll be checking back and learning from you:)

  45. 80

    says

    I felt the same way when my 2 1/2 year old was in gymnastics….but part of that was I had to participate. Preggo Mama + Large Foam Pit = NOT pretty.

  46. 82

    says

    Hi fellow soccer mom! I just became one too. I signed my 2.5 year old up yesterday. She seems so excited about playing, but I feel you about giving up your Saturday mornings. I am going to miss hanging out in my jammies until nap time. 🙂

    Thanks for the linky!

  47. 83

    says

    I totally felt the same way about swimming. Giving up almost 2 months of Saturdays, not just morning but well into the afternoons, was a BIG sacrifice for mom. But they loved it and all swim much better. And my soon to be 4 year old wants to join the team next summer. We’ll see if mom has enough money and/or sanity by then.

  48. 84

    says

    Congrats on being a soccer mom. Don’t you love it when the kids put their all into a sport because they love it. Not because they have too! Neat pics. Thanks for sharing.

  49. 87

    says

    My siblings have been in organized sports {and myself for that matter} for as long as I can remember. It does take up a lot of time but if the practices are long it does give you some free time. Just don’t do what my parents did: COACH! It’s so demanding and unappreciated.

  50. 89

    says

    I disliked my tenure as a soccer mom. I remember waddling (8 months pregnant), while carrying a 2 year old, between the fields where my 5 & 7 year old boys were playing, at opposite ends of a gigantic park.

    Hope you have a better experience than I did!

  51. 90

    says

    We slugged our way through t-ball, but said “no” to soccer because after seven whole Saturdays of a one-hour commitment, I needed a break. I know, way to really hang tough Mom. But sometimes it really is all about ME!

    Hang in there!

    Christy

  52. 93

    says

    I so remember that day! I remember not wanting to give up my life as I knew it. I am now entering my 10th soccer season. Oh how I wish I could tell you it gets better. 🙂 Just kidding, it’s not that bad. Well, maybe you should ask my husband. My daughter finally took up volleyball and last year I coached, so I was indoors. Pacific NW is not the best place for late fall sports.

  53. 96

    says

    I can’t believe that your soccer has already begun in CA! Thankfully, ours has not. Last year was my first year living the joys (not!) of double soccer duty. Being a soccer mom is as unsexy as it sounds. At least it doesn’t get cold in your neck of the woods!

  54. 97

    says

    We decided organized team sports just weren’t for our family. I was not a good soccer mom, or a good swim team mom, but I am still a good mom, and we do do lots of other fun stuff, including some more relaxed sporting events. I’m glad your boys are having fun… that’s what really matters, right?!

  55. 98

    says

    You are so funny. That is exactly why we didn’t sign the girls up for soccer this year. They just barely made the cutoff for their age so we ‘decided’ that was our reason, when we both knew it was because we weren’t ready to give up our precious Saturdays. LOL. I am right there with you Momma!!!

  56. 100

    says

    I know the feeling. Between baseball and soccer I swear there were a few summers were that’s all we did. Driving and sitting. lol. Have fun!

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