Believe me, I am a staunch advocate of extra curricular activities for kids. In fact, I’m well aware that the statistics show children whom participate in at least one group sport have shown to maintain higher test score averages and overall increased self-confidence. It’s a wonderful way to keep our children healthy and active, meanwhile, learning the basic, fundamental comrade that goes along with playing well with our peers.
But do you know what’s not so great? Dedicating every weekend to accompanying our children to said activities. I would love – just once – to have a weekend that didn’t involve driving this child here and watching this one play there: all the while, toting 90 pounds of dirty, stinky equipment like a pack mule. It’s exhausting. And time consuming. And let’s just be honest, when it’s 110 degrees outside and all you want to do is enjoy some good ole’ fashioned air conditioning, those aforementioned reasons as to why our kid’s participation in such activities is a good idea, seem to pale. And since we’re being honest, let’s face it… it is highly unlikely any of us will end up the proud parents of the next Tiger Woods or Stephen Curry or Derek Jeter, so it can be hard to sacrifice the precious weekend time.
However, that being said, it’s a necessary evil part of parenthood, and so to make it more palatable, I like to bring a few ‘mommy treats’ with me. The kids get their own coolers – why shouldn’t we? And to that I say, ‘play ball!’