Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kids and Sports Part 2: I Salute Sports Parents

You know how people always say to me, “Gee, Kerrie, how do you handle so many kids? Taking care of one wears me out!”?

Well, I am in awe of the people who have 1 or 2 kids and are at a different sporting event or activity every night. How do they do it? How do they remember it all? How do they keep straight where to be when? What if there are scheduling conflicts or one spouse goes out of town and one parent has to be in two places at once? And if they both work during the day or have more than 2 kids, they are like rock star freaks in my book.

I signed Joel up for the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Baseball … a 7-week deal only twice a week for kids entering 1st and 2nd grade. I figured since we homeschool, I could technically call him 2nd grade and get away with it. He’s a pretty good hitter, runner and thrower, so I got over my sports aversion and gave it a shot.

First of all, he doesn’t enjoy it. Of course I’m making him finish the whole thing, but unless he asks to do a sport in the fall, I’m not bringing it up. Some parents make sure their kid picks one activity per season. That parent isn’t me. I’m too cheap and too busy (read: a husband who will be going out of town soon while I’m handling a newborn plus 4 other kids). Joel and Michael will have religious education in the fall plus Cub Scouts, and in my world that’s PLENTY.

You’d think a stay-at-home mom could get her crap together enough to get a GAME SHIRT washed between Tuesday night and Thursday night, but no. And even though 6:30 comes at the same time every baseball practice night, we are always rushing out the door, sandwiches in hand, yelling about did we pack his glove, do we have chairs, do we have enough water, I gotta get my tennis shoes on so Preggie can chase Eva around, and so on.

Activities are stressful. I know they are worth it for lots of kids, and I just hope the kids appreciate the sacrifices on the part of the parents.

Soccer, gymnastics, music, Cub Scouts, 4-H, swimming, football, etc. Moms and Dads: I salute you.


  1. I love sports. My husband loves sports. My kids love sports. So it works really well. Isaiah has jumped out of bed each morning this week to go to Aquinas football camp. And the games are social outings for all of us. We're on Holy Cross teams, know everyone. All the siblings know each other from school/church and love going to the games too. The big kids play with Beren. The moms all help each other out. If Isaiah has a game the same time as Kenny I can call The Neilsen's or the Pudenz's, etc. to carpool. We carpool to practices. And like last night, our fathers vs 4th grade boys baseball/pizza/beer end of the season party was a blast. The first time your son strikes out another kid, gets his first touchdown, puts on his pads 10 times in one day cause he's so excited, makes a tackle and gets covered in mud, it is so all worth it. I will truly be very sad when my sons grow up and I have no more baseball games to go to.

  2. When and how are we encouraging our young ones that we are here to BE rather than to DO?...hence the term "human beings" not "human doings." Just putting it out there...

  3. Well, you know us moms of one have to really fill our kiddoes time since there are no built in playmates. But after a summer of t-ball, swimming lessons, tae kwan do, and piano lessons I will never do that much again. How did I keep it all straight, you ask? My Crackberry, literally could not live without it! So my hat is still way off to you! One kid is PLENTY.

  4. I have four boys who are DEFINITELY Human Doings!!! The only time they sit still is when they are sound asleep. Paul needs to spend a day with my boys trying to make them just be, lol!!! Oh, and the secret to my insanity is prolactin, but you already know that.

  5. I do have one quick tip to share with moms that are carting little ones to older ones out door events.

    I keep a giant rice box in my van. It is a rubbermaid container full of rice and toys. I pull it out soccer games or swimming events and all the little kids just gather around my portable sandbox (rice is cleaner) It is a treat to them since it only comes out at the games and for me it occupies them :)


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