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    Thursday
    Mar312011

    I'm Not A Soccer Mom

     

    This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and GATORADE.

     

    I am not a soccer mom.

    Okay, well technically I am a soccer mom because Faith plays soccer 2-3 seasons a year.  But there is more to me than just "soccer mom."  I have much more depth than that.

    I am also a dressage mom, volleyball mom, Tae Kwon Do mom, wrestling mom and (gulp) stage mom for dance.

    I am not just a soccer mom.  I am a Sports Mom!

    How did a complete non-athlete end up at the sidelines of so many sporting events a year?  To this day I am not a sports enthusiast.  If my kid isn't in the game/tournament/event, I don't watch. 

    But I am an enthusiast of my children and whatever it is they are doing which is why I've also sat through baseball games, swimming and track meets and an ill-fated season of touch football.

    I love watching my kids explore their interests, find their talents and pursue their passions.  So we schedule our lives around practices and plan vacations around games.  We put big time mileage on the cars driving around town to different fields and arenas and venues.

    I wouldn't have it any other way.

    In today's world, signing up for teams and paying fees and buying equipment and driving, driving, driving are just part of the parenting gig.

    In this day and age if your kids want to play, you have to schedule it.  If they want to learn skills and become competitive you're going to sit on your share of sidelines.  I don't know any parents of kids older than six who haven't done their share of cheering.

    Sometimes, like Hayden playing touch football, it's a short term obligation.  But if you have a kid who finds a sport they truly enjoy and are possibly good at, what are you going to do?  Tell them "no you can't play with all your friends and get exercise"?

    Obviously not.

    Like all thing worth doing, there is a level of commitment involved, but I also strive for balance.  Balance with family time, school work and relaxation.  I'm on the "low maintenance" end of sports parenting.  For other families, attending games and out of town tournaments is the way to relax and spend time as a family.

    What I love about the new site Gatorade has put together for Sports Moms is that it's for all of us who sit on the sidelines cheering our kids on.

    Gatorade surveyed 900 moms across the U.S. "to identify their perceived roles, challenges, motivations and rewards, as it relates to their children’s sports, and took a deeper dive to better understand the moms behind today’s young athletes."

    Then they took that info and put together a site a site just for us:  Gatorade Sports Moms.  I've taken a look around the site and like what I see.  There's a lot of good advice about nutrition and how I can best feed my young athletes before and after games to help make sure they are safe, healthy and performing their best. I think you'll also enjoy the videos of real Sports Moms doing their best to support their kids.


    This month, to celebrate the launch of their new Sports Moms site, Gatorade is giving away a $100 Gift Card for Dick's Sporting Goods to an Our Front Door reader! 

    Entering is easy.  Just leave me a comment telling me which sport you most like to sit on the sidelines for.

    For an additional entry, check out the list below.

    Rules:

    No duplicate comments.

    You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry
    methods:

    a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

    b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment
    on this post

    c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on
    this post

    d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about
    an alternate form of entry.

    This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older

    Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

    You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be
    selected.

    The Official Rules are available here.

    Sweepstakes runs from March 31st until April 30th 2011

    Be sure to visit the BlogHer Round Up page for more info and additional chances to win!

    Reader Comments (171)

    the little bird has tweeted...http://twitter.com/dawdawsmom

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

    I loved watching my boys play baseball.

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

    Tweet
    http://twitter.com/?status=I%27m%20Not%20A%20Soccer%20Mom%20http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ourfrontdoor.us%2Freviews%2F2011%2F3%2F31%2Fim-not-a-soccer-mom.html#!/clc408/status/56760086651088896

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia C

    It fills me with such pride to watch my boys play baseball. They are not the best athletes by far, but they have so much fun and always act respectfully on the field and I appreciate sportsmanship so much more!

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebra F

    tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/fairydancer35/status/56771474370985985

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebra F

    soccer

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarol m

    Easy :) My son's baseball game :D Classic.

    Please feel free to contact me at:

    allrightyes at gmail dot com

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTimbo

    I just tweeted this giveaway here :D

    https://twitter.com/#!/TimboSquad/status/56896885809623040

    Please feel free to contact me at:

    allrightyes at gmail dot com

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTimbo

    I love football

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina M

    http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/56930307789701120

    April 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina M

    Rollerblading is cool to watch.
    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

    April 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoni

    the super bowl!
    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

    April 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkolpin

    tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/mrcheapo/status/57148699998027777

    April 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

    My son does 3 different martial arts, so I always watch him in those.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

    April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdebbie

    Not a sports mom YET! But sure plan on being one in the future and am glad to be learning these facts :)

    April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

    I love watching softball games and football games
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabathia B

    tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/57657610328997888
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

    April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabathia B

    Basketball

    April 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/flowergirl523/status/57923082869948416

    April 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

    I love watching and cheering at my son's hockey games!

    April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMilissa

    My favorite sport to watch is baseball.

    April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia Goss

    Tweet.
    http://twitter.com/#!/mgoss123/status/58303584244203520
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

    April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia Goss

    I like to watch my 5 year old granddaughter play t-ball.
    smchester at gmail dot com

    April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan C

    Baseball!

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

    I enjoy watching what ever sport the season brings, just starting the baseball season, then football, basketball, it is great to watch the kids improve each year

    April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

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