A Parent’s Guide to Spring Season: 5 Tips For Thriving This Season
This time of year, parents often feel like indentured servants to their youth sports players. It seems like your life revolves around the almighty game schedule. Add the sports schedule to your already demanding work schedule, family obligations, and school commitments and your head is spinning… We haven’t even mentioned the schedules of your other children…
It’s time to put the chaos to rest! We’ve got 5 simple tips to make this season easier and fun!
1. Write It Down.
We live on our phones because they’re easy, but it’s not always convenient to have everyone’s schedule on them. Eventually, you forget what your alert is supposed to remind you about… or you ignore it altogether. So, keep it simple this spring. Get a calendar that everyone in the fam can use to stay in the loop about what’s going on.
Better yet – take this opportunity to create a fun and functional family command center where everyone can keep important items they need to grab n’ go! Let’s be honest, this isn’t the only time of year you’re busy, and now is always the perfect time to do something to make life easier. Check out some of these creative command centers to help your family keep it together.
2. Keep Up Your Stock
Each year before the season starts, my husband and I make a list of everything we need for a weekend tournament. Most of the time we’re over an hour away from our house, so forgetting things can start to get expensive.
We stock a large plastic bin with supplies, tape the list to the inside of the lid, and put the bin in the back of the car (we bring it inside and store it near our command center when it gets dangerously hot). Since the list is taped on the lid, we have a handy checklist for restocking.
These are the things we keep in our bin. Every family has different needs, so yours may be different.
- Water bottles (reusable with tight-sealing lids)
- Snacks (granola bars and dried fruit are convenient options that are packed with nutrition)
- 2 Light blankets
- First aid supplies (bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, instant cold packs, etc.)
- Hair ties
- Seat cushions (or extra blankets)
- Something to occupy my small children (maybe the most important item in the bin!)
- Wet wipes
3. Keep the Kids Accountable
One of the greatest life skills a kid can learn is how to be a team player. Thankfully that applies to being part of a family too!
It may be tough at first to let go and let them be accountable, but it will pay off in the end. Sure, your son is going to forget his glove at some point. Yes, your daughter will show up to a game without her cleats. That’s ok. You’re helping them build their responsibility muscles and their character by letting them learn from their mistakes. If you give them some guidance and duties, by the end of the summer, they’ll be reminding you what to bring!
4. Be a Friend/ Get a Friend
Moms & Dads read: You’re a super hero – not a super human!
There’s no reason to go at this wild ride alone. Grab another parent on the team and split some duties. Carpool. Swap snacks. Take turns taking pictures. Find a way to relieve each other’s stresses and pressures this season. Remember – when you signed your kid up for the team, you signed yourself up too – you’re all in this together! Partnering up with another parent (or two) will make the season more enjoyable and opens you up to new friends who know the struggle!
5. Relax and Enjoy the Chaos
This is the most important tip! It’s hectic and frustrating at times, but this season of your life will be over before you’re ready. So, take lots of pictures and videos and give lots of hugs and high fives. If you ignore the other 4 suggestions, that’s ok.