Why I Love Being a Soccer Mom
By Jennifer Schultz for MommyBrief.com
On any given Saturday, you can find me on the soccer field shouting at my son and his teammates – things like, “good job”, “great idea” and “nice teamwork.” I am the soccer mom who is also an assistant coach, nurse, photographer and team coordinator. And I L-O-V-E it!
But to be honest, I have never played soccer. I have never even watched soccer before my son played it. When he was three, we were kicking a ball out in our backyard and I noticed that he had a lot of control of the ball at his age and started to move the ball back and forth between his two feet in a way that stood out to me as unique this early on. With that, we enrolled him in Pee Wee soccer and he did pretty well the first year. I noticed some of the children would sit down during the game right on the field and play with the grass, or they would get tired and want to go to their parents. My son, just loved to run and kick the ball. So a soccer lover was born.
During the next year, we moved and had to join a new soccer league. There was a desperate need for parent coaches, so I decided to step up to the plate and had my husband help out. I did what I could to keep the kids busy with drills and still have fun while showing the parents that their kids were learning. And even though sometimes I longed to be the parent who could just show up to practice or the games and watch, I did enjoy being an integral part of my son’s sports experience.
The truth is, not only have I been a soccer mom, but, I have also been – a dance mom, basketball mom, singing mom, girl scouts mom, boy scouts mom and a baseball mom. I have not always been a coach, but, I have tried to support my children’s efforts through making costumes, practicing with them, selling fundraisers, and organizing snack duty.
I do notice that my kids take pride in me being involved with their activities. It allows us for more time to share experiences with each other that otherwise may not have taken place. That’s not to say that I have been able to help out with everything. I recognize that my children have to do things without me. But, I also know that they will look back and see that I was there in places that sometimes parents cannot be. There are parents who truly want to be, but, circumstances prevent it. So, I am blessed that I can do it.
I have had those years where I commuted to work that sucked away personal time each week that I could have been spending with my children. I have been on company trips that stole time that I could not get back. So, maybe that is why I have tried to be more involved where I can.
I can say that it’s not always an easy job being a coach or being in charge of a fundraiser. However, my son always asks before soccer starts if I am going to coach. As I look into his eyes each time, I can see the excitement that he has and I definitely don’t want to take that away.
So, why do I love being a soccer mom? I love being involved in areas where I can see my children grow and improve. I love helping to find ways for kids to have fun. I love knowing that things I teach them today will stay with them tomorrow. I love that they want me to be involved and I have the opportunity to do it. I love that it gets me out of the house into the great outdoors promoting exercise in an era of technology based activities. I love it because even though I didn’t ever play soccer – I learned how to along the way. I love it, because my son does – and I love him.