I didn’t even know that “soccer mom” was an official term until I googled it. Sure enough, Wikipedia actually has a definition for a soccer mom.
Hmmm. Sounds about right. I think they left out “typically drives a minivan”. Just my opinion.
I also learned this:
“Soccer moms received so much attention during the election (in 1996) that the American Dialect Society voted “soccer mom” Word of the Year for 1996.”
Although being a “soccer mom” sounds cool, it has taken on some pretty deep criticism in the past few years as well.
Wow. Kinda harsh right?
I’m embracing my new role as “soccer mom”, but I know that I DON’T want to be THAT soccer mom.
I am not going to be forcing my kids in to doing anything that is not something they enjoy. I think, as a parent, it’s important to push your kids and to lead them in the right direction. I plan to do so. I plan to make academics #1 for my children. Extra curricular activities will come 2nd.
So far P is not too interested in soccer. We signed him up because he said he wanted to play. But, P is a shy kid. You put him in a group larger than 2o people and he tends to be an introvert. When we got to the soccer field on Saturday he was overwhelmed. He was shy. He was scared. He may have even been crying at one point.
As a mom, there was a part of me that wanted to just turn the mini around and take him home. I don’t want him to be upset. Soccer is suppose to be fun. But, I knew that wasn’t the right answer.
Now that he has committed to playing on a soccer team for the fall, I think it is important that he meets that obligation. I want him to stick it out until this season is over.
J & I just try to keep encouraging him. He only kicked the ball one time, but we praised and praised him for it telling him what a great job he did. I could see that our encouragement was making a difference. Although he still wasn’t willingly playing by the end of game 1, I think he made some progress.
And if he decides after this season that he still hates soccer….we won’t make him do it again.
I know P. I know his personality. I feel like soccer may be just like swimming. He wouldn’t even leave the pool steps at the beginning of the summer. But, by the end, he was swimming without a life jacket!
I’m hoping that the more he does it, the more he will like it.
I want to make sure that we don’t show any anger towards him not wanting to play. I definitely don’t want to be on the sidelines yelling at my child because he won’t get on the field. That’s why we just keep using encouraging words. But, I’m curious….
…fellow soccer moms (or heck any moms), what’s your advice?