I am the worst soccer mom ever! First off I hate the term soccer mom. I don't fit the bill. I don't drive a minivan. My children are not in 1 million different sports and their sports are not my life. I do not live or die dependent upon whether I make it to every game or practice. I do not care if my kid's team wins. Sure, winning is fun but learning the game, teamwork, sportsmanship, dedication, and perseverance are much more important than winning.
I don't even stay for most of the practices. This year the soccer Gods shined down on me and both my girls practiced at the same time at the same place. Hubby and I used this gift of one hour of time with only one child to go for quick runs most weeks.
Soccer takes over our entire family schedule for several months out of the year (and when we lived in Colorado twice as long). Most years we have soccer 4 days a week for 10-12 weeks during soccer season. In Colorado that is spring and fall. In Maryland it is just fall. This makes juggling 5 people's schedules challenging.
Hubby even coached FiFi's team for 3 years. He had fun and FiFi loved it but man are other parents demanding of volunteer coaches. The snack schedule isn't right, practices aren't held at the right time or place, our team didn't win enough. I of course was my hubby's assistant since organization and planning are not his thing. When the complaints started rolling in it always took all my will power to not snap back, "you realize my husband is volunteering his time and energy to coach your child, if you think you can do a better job, feel free to volunteer!" Thankfully hubby resigned his coaching position this year by not volunteering again.
And the most persuasive evidence yet that I am the worst soccer mom yet is below. Soccer season is now over. We took photos and videos of my older daughter playing soccer and enjoying her soccer party. Hubby was not able to make it FiFi's soccer tournament so I brought my camera and FLIP video camera to document the fun. Guess how many photos and videos I have of FiFi playing soccer this year? None, zero, zilch. Wow, I suck!
Basketball season for my son starts in a few weeks. Do you think there is any chance I'll be a better basketball mom? No, I doubt it ;-)