Welcome to the first edition of our recurring tips and tricks to help you get better at sports and have fun doing it. We’ll share advice covering a wide variety of sports targeted at all, so no matter whether you play alone, with a team or want to help someone you love improve you’ll find something targeted for you!
This week tips post goes out to all the parents managing a child (or multiple) who participate in sports. Even with kids signed up to the same sports clubs they might train on different days adding to your stressful weekly schedule.
Do your kids lead busy lives already? Having kids excited and engaged by sports is rewarding for the whole family. Not only does it give your kids (and you) a chance to socialise with like-minded people but it encourages an active, healthy lifestyle. But wow can managing those busy schedules be hard work on us parents! Between swimming, dance, and soccer there is no room for unexpected traffic and temper tantrums. We know this part of parenting can be stressful – that’s why we wanted to share our top tips for taking their schedules into your control. If you want to finally own the sports mom/dad routine, then just keep on reading. Make sure you read until the end as we’ll be sharing some great drills to help your kids excel at soccer.
1. Keeping a shared diary for you, your partner and anyone else who is responsible for your kids is the best way to stay on top of everyone’s schedules. We recommend keeping it colour coded as to who is dropping the kids off and who is picking them up. You can even set handy reminders before the time to ensure no one forgets – kids definitely don’t like to be kept waiting. Some families even choose to have a physical planner board in a visible spot so kids can also be aware of their schedules and take some responsibility for it.
You don’t even need to invest money to do this, there are plenty of free apps that are most likely already installed on your phone that have the capability of doing this. E.G your phone calendar can be colour coordinated to show which child is where or who is responsible for drop off and pick up. Other apps we recommend include Microsoft To Do – this enables you to make multiple lists and add things that can be digitally checked off, we’d recommend creating a list for each day of the week – these lists can then be shared with others so they can see when and where they are required to do something.
2 Carpooling has lots of benefits for you, other families and the planet. It is likely that another parent who has kids attending the same sessions or classes will be going in a similar direction to you. If you reach out to the other parents who have children attending the same session you’ll be able to come up with an action plan that enables you to take yours and their kids on some weeks and then the responsibility will swap on other weeks.
Think of all the time you’d have for yourself if you weren’t sitting in traffic multiple days a week to take your kids here, there and everywhere in between. In some cities, there are even lanes dedicated to carpooling so you might even save time on the days where you are taking another child with you. Essentially this method could reduce your busy schedule by 50%!
3. Have regular conversations with your kids to find out which sports and classes they are most enjoying and drop the ones they consistently don’t have fun going to. Promoting a healthy lifestyle, enabling kids to build confidence and a wide variety of skills is important but no one wants their children to be unhappy doing those things. Encourage them as much as possible but if they are telling you regularly that they don’t want to do that particular session anymore it might be a good idea to find something else or drop it altogether. Your busy schedule will be eased and you’ll have a happy child that really feels heard which are all really positive things that we know you’ll appreciate.
Top Soccer Drills For Kids
One of the first things kids need to learn when playing soccer is, of course, controlling the ball. This is one of the key fundamental skills that will be used throughout a child’s sporting journey no matter what skill level they reach. Since this skill is so important it can be incorporated into soccer training for children of all ages.
Start by getting them comfortable with juggling the ball, all they need to do is drop the ball down and kick it back up to themselves using either their toe of their shoe or the laces. Have them do this on both feet multiple times and vary whether they use their toes or laces to bounce the ball back up. Once they are competent with bouncing it back once they can add extra bounces. Eventually, as the skill progresses they will be able to add style and tricks to this drill which not only increases the difficulty but also gives them the opportunity to make it their own.
If you want more inspiration for drills that will help your children excel in soccer take a look at Code Crate’s video sharing some of the drilled used at the Spring Break Soccer camp in 2019.
We hope these three tips have been helpful, please share any other tips or advice you have in the comments below so fellow busy parents can look there for more information. Let us know what sports you would like more tips and drills on so we can help you out in future posts.
Thanks for reading, and stay active!