1. Naps in the car are a luxury
Oh, practice is going to end 30 minutes late? Well, considering you're exhausted at the moment, maybe you can try to sneak in a quick catnap in the driver's seat.
Can't sleep in the car? Hope you know some good radio stations or podcasts!
2. Be prepared for dance parties in the car, too
Is it your turn to be a driver on game day? You better be up to date in the music scene.
Those five kids in the back seat need to get pumped, and your go-to radio station might not please the crowd. Oh, and by the way, don't forget to do a head count to make sure everyone made it in the car.
3. That costs how much?!
Whether it's league fees, cleats, uniforms or any other type of equipment, the costs that come along with youth sports pile up. At least it's a good lesson in money management, right?
4. Investing in a good cooler is a must
Those $5 foam coolers at the grocery store may work on occasion, but you've got dozens of Capri Suns, Gatorades and water bottles that need optimal chilling. Better invest in a quality cooler!
5. Practice was "good"
It's great to facilitate conversation with your child and ask how today's practice went, but don't expect a detailed answer every time.
They're tired. They're sore. They've got homework. They made a couple mistakes. Whatever the reason, kids are rarely in the mood to talk about practice, so don't take it personally.
6. Don't be embarrassing
You're not allowed to show up early and stand on the sideline while you wait for practice to end. You're also not allowed to cheer too loud during the game.
Basically, you're not allowed to do anything, Mom. You're embarrassing them!
7. What is that smell?!
Be prepared for that sweaty-clothing stench in the car, in your child's room, in the living room--pretty much everywhere.
8. Spring Break? HA!
Gone are the days of spending a week on the beach, margarita in hand. These days your spring break is spent in Anywhere, USA, watching your child play whatever sport is in season. Seriously, they can play THAT many games in a day?!
9. Mismatched socks are inevitable
Watch out for those imaginary sock thieves (they're definitely real). Socks will almost certainly go missing during the laundry process, so tell your children to prepare for pairs that don't match.
10. Don't forget sunscreen and hydration—for everyone
Be sure to bring the sunscreen and water bottles, because many sports require kids to be outside in the scorching sun.
It's not just for them, though. You'll find yourself sitting in the sun, too, so remember to take care of your skincare and hydration needs.
11. "NO PLAYING IN THE HOUSE!!!"
If only you had a dollar for every time you barked this at the little ones, then you'd have enough money to afford all that expensive gear! To be safe, you probably shouldn't let them play anywhere close to the house, either.
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