Max played soccer for the first time this Spring. He has enjoyed it for the most part. But, during the process I have realized that I am NOT a good soccer mom. Not because I don't love watching my little man play soccer. I do! I love it. But, we have played one season of soccer through a Christian soccer organization and it felt like our life was taken over during the season. An hour long practice one evening a week (from 6:30-7:30) which in our world translates to... no family time that evening. Most weekends had one game smack dab in the middle of Saturday and a few weekends had a Saturday AND a Sunday game. So, the reason I am not a good soccer mom is because I do not think soccer is that important. I think family time is important. I think time with our extended family is important. I think time with our church family is important. It think time spent giving and serving our important. But, I just don't think soccer is that important. So, I felt like the time commitment was too big for something without that much value...
And it was all kind of a bummer because I am not against kids doing activities. And I love sports! But, I am against sports being more important or taking up more time than family and church. I think the benefit of my son spending the day playing outside with his dad far outweighs a soccer game. I don't regret Max playing this season and if he wants to play again we will look for a league that better fits our family. Or, look for an activity that will better fit in with our life.
But, this was hard for me because I feel like playing sports and being busy just seem to be how everyone lives their lives with little kiddos. Sports = childhood these days, right? But, I just can't do it. With the hubs' job, our family time (which is totally limited to evenings and weekends) is precious. While I want to teach my son the values of being a team player, determination, and good sportsmanship I think those things can be taught through kicking a ball around with friends or through some other means. And I don't think that those values are more important than teaching my children to love God and love others. Which, is not exactly the lesson he learns by our life during soccer season revolving around his schedule and by saying "no" to time with friends and family.
So, tell me, am I the only one that isn't a good soccer mom?
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