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As a sports parent, I have witnessed many incidents that involve parents. Everything from cheering their child on to forgetting to bring the snacks to arguing with the referee and coaches from the sidelines. Both of my children participate in organized sports (soccer and hockey), and at the end of the day, I get where a parent might be coming from. We want the best for our children and want the best from them but there are times when we have to remain silent and allow the game to proceed without interruptions. Trust me, I have had to hold my tongue on many occasions, but for the sake of the game, I try to comply.
Before we discuss some tips to remember while at your child’s game, let talk about three words: Save, Snack and Score! As parents. we strive to be a sideline hero for our kids at all games. However, why not add to your sideline hero duties and bring snacks not only for the kids, but for the parents! You can Save money at your local Walmart on Snacks so that you can cheer on your athletes, so be sure to Score and be that sideline hero.
I found all of my needed snacks at my local Walmart and during this visit, I picked up enough yummy snacks to share with the kids and my parent “friends”. I am sure they will be more than happy to accept them. I found the POWERADE® on the aisle with other sports drinks, while the Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches and NABISCO Savory packs were found on the cracker/cookie aisle.
1. It’s going to be difficult, but try not to be a distraction. Believe me, I can fully relate, but the kids are there to play the game and have fun. It can be a distraction for them when we are doing something other than watching them play.
2. Support, encourage and motivate your athlete before and after the game (not during the game) – I think that it is important to encourage our athletes before and after the game. Before the game, tell them how good they are and encourage them to do their best. After the game, let them know how awesome they did and if they didn’t do so well, let them know that they will get it right next time.
3. Allow the coach to coach – Allow the coach to do his or her job. My husband is guilty of standing on the sidelines tying to gives hand signals to our kids. I have to remind him to sit down and enjoy. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
4. If you disagree with a decision, be sure to speak with the coach privately – As tempting as it might be, speak to the coach privately about any issues you had with the game, the referees or the coaches choices.
5. Remember to bring the snacks if it is your turn, or solicit the assistance of another parent. Be sure to bring extra for the parents. They will appreciate it – I know this to be true and I am all about making the parents smile. Actually when parents share snacks with my husband and I it makes our day.
6. Be respectful…The kids want to see unity between the parents, coaches, referees and spectators. Remember sportsmanship is key! – Be respectful of your surroundings and the other individuals in attendance. The game should be enjoyable for everyone.
7. Above all else, have fun and enjoy the game.
If you are into saving money like me, check out the savings you can score at your local Walmart: Coupon neck hanger on POWERADE® (8pk 20oz) to Save $1.50 on NABISCO 20-pack Multipack. Also, look for coupon sticker on boxes of NABISCO snack packs for Savings of .75 when you purchase a 12-pack or larger NABISCO Multipack.
Don’t just take my word for it, get more ideas on how to become your own sideline hero here!
Until Next Time!7 Tips for Sport Parents