Can you believe it's already time for soccer season again? Seems like just yesterday I was complaining about having four kids playing soccer, and here I am a year later, complaining that we have 5 kids playing. That's right, five kids playing on five different teams, which means five practice schedules during the week and five games every Sunday afternoon. We are at the fields every day except for Monday. Who knew Monday would become my favorite day of the week?
What was I thinking? It's not like my kids are heading to play professional soccer one day, I don't know if they will play at college level. Heck, I don't even know if they will go to college!
What I do know is that they all want to play soccer, and we want them to be healthy, active, happy, holy kids. Playing sports helps us accomplish these goals even though it makes our role as their parents a bit difficult for the season. There are many things in this life we deny our children because it does not make them better people, or because we don't have the ability to do them. Sports is something we choose to invest our time and energy in for our kids, and hopefully they will learn many life lessons, just as we did.
The high school at which we work, and where they will attend, makes it mandatory for students to play two seasons of athletics or else they have to take gym class, and I want my kids to feel prepared for that level when it arrives. Being involved in sports also allows them to learn how to take care of their bodes (healthy food, hydration, rest, and exercise), make friends outside their comfort zone, develop physical coordination, learn to play as part of a group, cheer on teammates, lose gracefully, win graciously, and fulfill commitments. For us, sports is a big win win.
But don't mind if I complain along the way, because the good things in life ain't easy, and I'm not the world's greatest soccer mom. That would be her.