How to Be a Good Sports Mom
Yes, we know, you’re busy enough as it is without being a sports mom, too, but how can you turn down the chance to help organize, prioritize and find matching uniforms for the basketball/t-ball/soccer teams? What mom can resist the siren song of being the one who brings the “good” treats to practice and remembers all the team’s players names? Since sporting events have become such an integrated part of our kid’s lives, it is only natural that as a mom, you are prepared to shoulder the mantle of being a sports mom. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.
- Do remember that, unless you are actually the coach, you are not the coach. You don’t get a final say in who plays what position, nor should you try. Be the supporting cast, not the lead role.
- Do remember to use positive reinforcement at all times. Did little Jason eat all of the Rice Crispy Treats before anyone else had any? Did Marissa throw a fit on first base? Instead of scolding, remember that you are setting an example for the other children on how to deal with adversity – even the little things. Be a good example, not a bad one.
- Watch your mouth. Everything you say can and will be held against you by the kids you are around. Don’t use profanity, don’t be negative in any way. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!
- Be organized. Whether you’re in charge of scorekeeping or in charge of equipment, prepare before practice and the games so you have everything you need, when you need it.
- Wanting to be in charge of everything usually doesn’t end well. Remember to delegate responsibility, or you could try to juggle to many things and drop the ball. You aren’t the only one who can get things done around here, so don’t forget it and turn into Attila the Hun in a baseball jersey.
- Losing your temper. Heated exchanges rarely accomplish much, especially when dealing with intractable children or coaches. If you have a problem, keep quiet, think about a positive solution and present your concerns in a respectful tone. You can accomplish far more with courtesy than you can with yelling or tantrums, and will set a good example for others to boot.