What you learn from being a Soccer Mom
- Don’t sit too close to midfield. It may seem like a great place to see but it is also too close to the other sideline’s noise pollution.
- Everyone on the sidelines becomes experts at offsides! You won’t get in as much trouble if you just use hand signals rather than yelling.
- If you are in a tournament expect to gain more kids (clean out your car the night before to make some room). If you don’t have space you are liable to be ditched by your own kid as well.
- Pack your trunk with winter boots, rain boots, gym shoes, sandals, pants, shorts, long sleeve, short sleeve, sweatshirt, winter hat, ball cap, rain umbrella, sun umbrella, chair, blanket, sunscreen, and bug spray…and that is all just for you…and sometimes used in one day!
- If you have an early morning game no matter if it rained the night before or not wear water resistant shoes. It will be wet!
- The more prepared you are the more sideline friends you will have especially little sibling sideline buddies.
- Bring extra soccer socks always. Have you smelled wet soccer socks drying by your car heater, I have, it’s foul!
- If you are going to yell out a kids’ name that you didn’t give birth to you better be praising them….that’s all I have to say about that one.
- Take it easy on the refs, I am taking my own advice here, you don’t quite understand until your own child becomes a ref and you want to punch parents who yell at him.
- Stay positive! Don’t have to be happy, win, or agree with every decision during the game but our kids are listening and you might be embarrassed hearing your mini me out there.
- My EXTRA important thing you learn from being a soccer mom is to enjoy those kids, the coach, and the parents. The same exact group will doubtfully ever be paired together again. These are the people who you will spend countless hours at practice, hours at games, even full weekends fall and spring. I have made my very best friends on those sidelines.
Be Open, Be Engaged, and Enjoy your time because it doesn’t last forever J.