I hate registering my kids for sports.
There. I said it.
Every time I go to sign our family’s next few months away, I think, please don’t let this be the year our baseball team gets competitive.
Sports is one of those spiritual battles I am still trying to work through.
I’m just trying to figure out where our family’s fine line lies between recreational sports and no more family time ever again.
Dramatic, I know.
That’s one of my many downfalls.
I just can’t seem to figure this one out.
I want my kids to be a part of a team; there’s great value in that.
The being a part of something, the lesson of the commitments you make and keeping them active, those are all wonderful things.
I love the idea of having them try different sports until they find one they truly enjoy.
But it seems these days the world of youth athletics is going for (beginning at age 5) full-ride scholarships and Hall of Famers!
Then there’s the other part of this issue.
I want to be able to sign up for that couples’ bible study on a Tuesday night. And what about the lazy weekends when the family is at home, doing nothing but “being” together? I don’t want to give that up.
I know many wonderful families that live tournament to tournament and have a great time with the lifestyle. But I’m just not there. I can’t even watch my kids play the actual game because I’m running around chasing all my other little ones off the field! (Tooth Fairy came three years too early for one of those little crazies out at the ball fields in Strollergate 2015.)
Ay yay yay. The struggles of being a human.
These are the only solutions I have come up with …
- Live in the moment, sports style. Discern what to do sports season to sports season. I don’t have to figure out our Family Sports Rules right now forever and ever, Amen.
- If age allows, put some of the kids on the same team.
- One sport at a time per season, per kid.
- Joining a team with family friends.
- Offer it up for some souls.
How do you wiser women out there navigate this season of mom-life? I’d love some helpful tips and thoughts!
Copyright 2018 Stephanie Stovall