Balancing Sports and Life as a Single Mom

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by Nicole on March 30, 2011 · 1 comment

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When your kids are in their “tween” years, they are going to find themselves pulled in a million directions. Different sports are just one of the many activities that will call for their attention. You are going to find it difficult to balance your schedule as your kids want to participate in these excellent extra curricular activities.

The first thing you need to do is get a calendar, not a digital one, that you can use to record practice and game times for your kids. This will help you keep everything straight and give your kids a visual reminder of how busy you are. Then, take some time to get to know other moms. You might find that there are some you can arrange carpooling with to help you balance your load.

Add a box of healthy snacks to your car, because you are going to be in it a lot. This will keep you from running through the drive through for you or your child’s hunger needs. Similarly, plan your menu ahead of time, focusing on make-ahead options and crock-pot meals, or even freeze a few meals you can pull out on busy game nights.

Finally, encourage your children to participate in programs offered through their school. Often school based sports teams will have school transportation, so you will have less of a burden to get your child to and from practice while balancing your work duties and home duties. This allows your kids to participate in the activities they enjoy, without making you a crazy soccer mom taxi driver.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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Angie April 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

It is tough if you have a few kids and trying to get to all the games and practices. Make sure you go to games and if both of your children have a game at the same time, and no one can make it to one of them and you can only be at one, then take turns at whos game you will miss. That way your children will not think you are picking favorites.


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