Hey Sideline Hackers,
I’m back with another #Take5Friday post and today I’m feeling the need to tell it like it really is!
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Okay… now back to the chiz…
I’m a mom to kids who love to play team sports; a.k.a. a Sports Mom! And odds are, if you’re reading this… you are too!
My boys play everything from football (tackle + 7v7 Football), to Basketball, Track + Field, Soccer,Tennis, and Golf. Needless to say, our calendar is pretty full on pretty much a weekly basis and we absolutely love it!
My hubby and I actually met on the basketball court; he was the player and I was the sideline stalker… funny how some things don’t change.
But I’ve come to learn that there is a stark difference between being an athlete and parenting an athlete.
Parenting an athlete changes you. There are things that you’ll do on a daily basis that you would have never thought even possible before birthing your little superstar! Like using a porta-potty!
So whether you’re a complete sports mom newbie with a middle schooler who’s just made the team or your toddler just kicked his first soccer ball… I’ve assembled a list of little known secrets to being a sports mom. Enjoy!
#1: You must enjoy being involved when your kids play sports
And by “being involved” I mean, doing the laundry that’s associated with them playing sports… at the very least!😜
I’m talking loads upon loads of dirty logged and stinky:
The list can go on and on… My personal least favorite to wash are compression pants; because for whatever reason… my boys purposefully (in my opinion) leave them inside out so I have to stick my hand in and flip them right-side out. Just the thought of the sticky sweat that my hand is exposed to on the short journey to flip them is beyond gross in of itself!
With that being said, who is up for inventing the walking washing machine that searches out the dirty clothes like a heat seeking missile?🚀
I could have used it for the pair of socks that sat under the seat of my car for a week smelling as sour as a forgotten baby bottle. #TrueStory
#2: You must love snacking
And by “snacking” I mean, buying and preparing snacks for your kids, because they are going to need them to sustain their energy and bodily odors!
My refrigerator handle has a permanent indention of a mold that fits each one of their hand prints (including the toddler!).
They are ALWAYS HUNGRY.
So be sure to stock up; try to look for healthy snacks too (you’ll be surprised that they’ll actually eat them if that’s the only thing to eat! Haha)
Just curious, what’s your grocery bill looking like these days, because mine is a Target staple (and I do mean their own brand: Up & Up)!
#3: You must be prepared to go through A TON OF SOCKS.
I don’t know if it’s the lack of quality that’s impacting my wallet or the fact that they think a sock should be used in place of literally everything else: booger tissues, paper towels for spilled milk, wash cloths (instead of walking the .0001 mi. to the linen closet to grab a fresh one).
Either that or it’s the fact that my walking washing machine has been eating them.
Always keep an extra pair on hand in your sports mom survival bag. Keep the fresh ones in a ziploc bag, and switch them out with the dirty ones to literally close off the stench.
#4: You must get used to THE SMELL (or at least have a plan to combat it!)
I’m telling you, it was by the Grace of God that somebody invented Old Spice body spray and the sappy commercials that come allow with them!
I have a very sensitive nose, so I could never get used to it, so in addition to having a plan to combat it, “Did you put on deodorant today?” is the sign that reads above the door on way out.
Here’s my plan:
I make sure both my person, and car are stocked to handle the trauma at all times:
A Ziploc bag to put dirty socks in (see #4)
Lysol Air neutralizer (there’sa difference between that an air spray)
You don’t think it will bother you??
I dare you… offer to carpool three team mates home one day this week after practice and you’ll think twice about balking over seeing another dog with their head out of the window!
#5: You must be a secret millionaire
Seriously though, youth sports has become a $7 BILLION industry. Yes, you read that right, Billion with a “B”… according to this article by CNBC.
Between the gear, travel, training, equipment, gas, food, and registration fees it can really add up to sit on the sideline.
Now, I’m not trying to scare you… I just deal in facts.
But here’s another one:
In my opinion, too many parents get hyped up over the money… yes it can be expensive at times, but I wouldn’t trade any of this for the world!
We’re making memories every day, and I may write a spoof post joking about it, but I don’t take it for granted. We were blessed to be able to spend this time with our children, watching them grow and learn while being healthy, happy, and successful human beings. If spending money is the side effect, I’ll take it!
Will they become super stars? Only God knows, but I know I’m dedicated to being involved in their sports lives because that’s what they love and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!❤️️
Okay, that’s it!
There you have it for my sports mom secrets and 5 musts to help you enjoy every minute of it! As long as you’re prepared to handle those 5 musts, being a sports mom will be a breeze!
And if you’re not, that’s okay… just download this comprehensive Survival Bag Checklist for a huge headstart!
Now then, if you’re not too busy buying more snacks and socks, and could use more tips and hacks on planning + organizing your sideline life + beyond I’d love it if you follow me over on IG. I post to my stories and IGTV on a weekly basis; a mixture of sideline fun, tips, unboxings, and more!
A brave Sports Mom asked, “But Shaki, how about being a #TeamMom?”
Well that’s a whole other list of musts… but if you really must know, join us over in our Facebook Group: Sideline Hackers and let’s talk about it!
Until next time, Sideline Hackers,
So, what are your Sports Mom Musts?? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!