Kim Oedekoven, a mom to four boys, write this guest blog for momaha.com
After a long work day — at the office or at home — you realize you’re still not off the clock.
If your children participate in sports you know exactly what I’m talking about. You know the race across town in hope of getting your child to practice on time.
Tonight, for example, my tween has a is soccer match and my 13-year-old has batting practice. Am I ready to take either of them there? No, but I will be. Karate, Gymnastics, Basketball – it’s all the same — getting there is all in the planning.
Having a plan takes a lot of pressure off the situation. You’re less stressed and your child isn’t freaking out that you’ve waited until the last minute to run him to his game or match.
Here are three ways to get out of the house on that field, ON TIME.
- Either a uniform or practice jersey… Where is it? Is it clean?
- Accessories – basketball, shin guards, dance shoes. It is so handy to have a bag with these usual items already in there. Each individual activity should have its own bag to eliminate confusion. Throw in a water bottle and you’re set!
2. Food as Fuel
- After a long day at school, the kids easily get tired and hungry. Try to have a snack ready for them to eat in the car. I pack a snack, usually a sandwich with some fruit, in a compartmentalized plastic container and stick it in the fridge early in the day. You can even do it the night before to avoid the afternoon rush.
- Skip the drive thru! All that grease will weigh them down and their performance will suffer. You’ve paid for them to play at their best, right?
3. Where am I going?
- If it takes you 15 minutes to get there, plan on leaving 20-25 minutes before the start time. Between traffic and your athlete changing shoes, the time will be well spent. Add on another 10 minutes or so if it’s your first event of the season or first time to go to that location.
- You may be able to transition easily but kids take a little longer to regroup at a different location and activity. Five minutes for them to knock around the ball or talk with their teammates after they’ve arrived, will help them concentrate on practice easier. Their coach will appreciate it too!
If after all of that you’re still 5 minutes late? Big whoop.
Remember how you tell your kids after a big loss that they can get ‘em next time. Take your own advice!
Kim Oedekoven learned the hard way how to feed, clothe and get her four boys to practice on time.
Read more about her at thesportsmama.com
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