It’s not just back to school time, it’s back to soccer.
But this season has been a little different because my older two are on the same team, playing for Hubs’ best friend(with Hubs helping out coaching). So their practices have been on Hubs, leaving me with just our youngest’s practices to deal with.
And so far, soccer practice is remarkably easy(which caused a whole different level of mom guilt, but that’s a Pour Your Heart Out type of story).
This is Cub’s third season playing soccer- he’s 5 so he’s in the U6 league.
At practice last week, all of us parents were asked if we were okay with practice just being once a week, plus the once a week games.
I may have answered a little too excitedly in the affirmative. As did the majority of the other soccer moms.
And then came “Well, MY child LOVES soccer and would be out on the field every day if it were up to him, so we’d like more practices.”
And a few of the moms agreed.
Which caused me to roll my eyes. And maybe even want to tell them to STFU.
My Cub LOVES soccer, too.
And he’d like to be out on the field more, as well.
But, these kids are FIVE.
They don’t need to be out on the field every single night.
It’s not just about what they want to do, but what is best for them. I do think it’s overscheduling to have kids that young in an activity every single night. They need some down time, especially because they have to get up early in the morning to go to school.
And (selfishly, yes), I don’t just have one child’s schedule to deal with, but three. And even if they are only in one or two activities each, that can work out to multiple late nights a week- the last thing I want is to add something more to the mix.
Maybe some day, my child will look back and blame his mama for not having him play soccer multiple nights a week back when he was five, citing it as his reason for not getting a full ride soccer scholarship or becoming a professional soccer player… but I highly doubt it.
He’s five, he has plenty of time to play soccer(or to find things to blame his mama for).
Though I guess if the team votes to add another night of practice, we’ll go along with it. Maybe.