I remember . . .
. . . that there was a time when I saw other people that had kids heavily involved in sports and thought, “Not us! No way will I let my young kids’ sports schedules disrupt our family rhythms and take up precious weekend time!”
And then my kids got older, and I am eating my words/thoughts because C tried out and is now committed to travel soccer for the 2023-24 season. I think he’s on the “JV”/less intense team but it’s still going to be regular practices (2-3/week) + games (most weekends) from August to May. It’s totally going to make us less flexible and busier on nights and weekends.
AND also? He really likes it and it’s good for him.
Truthfully, I think there will still be plenty of free time and time for A/G to pursue the things they want to do, too. My biggest concern is actually that it will prevent him from getting to play other sports, such as lacrosse – which he’s currently doing in an intro ‘quick start’ program and enjoying. But he can always decide to pivot after this year.
So, here we are. I wonder what other parenting choices I will make that I never saw coming . . .
Travel sports / intense music lessons / etc –> thoughts? My overall feeling has shifted to feeling like if the kid is into it, I’m on board! I find it more challenging when kids are not into things, but that’s a whole different post!