I'm not a fan of football and neither is my OH. We've always loved rugby, we don't even mind watching wrestling, or Olympic games, but football is something we just don't watch! I do know the rules, as I used to go out with a boy who played when I was in my late teens - but I felt it was cool then and enjoyed going to the pub after with his dad who had good banter. I understood the concepts and rules but I just didn't enjoy it.
My enjoyment of the sport has now changed... Don't get my wrong I don't suddenly love football, but I love my boys, and I love watching THEM play football. You see, the enjoyment they get, the way they are growing and developing their skills - if I simply didn't watch them and dropped them off then I would be the one missing out because I wouldn't see this happening. It's something - that learning, improving, and developing each week is something I could never get back.
My little one doesn't play in matches as he is only 4, but my 8 year old does, and you know what? It's exciting! The team is a new team and has a lot of work to do but the improvement is noticeable every week - and myself, along with a group of other parents support them each week. My husband and I originally planned to take turns but when he was ill, I found myself at 4 hours worth of training and a match each week. On Sunday, my hubby was feeling better so we all went to the game and supported the team. The Sunday before we played an away game, and as we don't have our own car and I couldn't use the one I usually do from my Mum, a kind parent offered us a lift so my son could get there. This meant we all couldn't go but it still meant I could go with my son.
Joining a sports club has meant friendship for both of my children and me, because some of the other parents also go and watch each training session and match. Sure it can be cold, and yes - I now freeze MY but off like my sister, but it's supporting my boys in something they clearly love that keeps them fit and that's enough for me - that is what makes it enjoyable!
So... here are my five top tips on surviving the training.
- Wear layers so you are warm.
- Ensure YOU pack the bag of boots/equipment etc... because your child is likely to forget something and it's embarrassing.
- Take drinks!
- It's a good idea to take snacks if you have children at training at different times - for instance my little one does training for an hour, then my eldests training follows that - so I do two hours which means snacks are required!
- Make friends with other parents and endeavour to form a caring community - help out other parents were possible and they will help you out when you need it too .
If you have a car then don't feel bad about taking chairs, covers, and flasks of coffee for yourself too!
Do you watch your child play sports, or even your OH? How do you survive?