Heading back to school after a long summer can be hard for both parents and kids. I’m sharing 6 tips for prepping for back to school sports in partnership with Academy Sports + Outdoors. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer is coming to an end which means it’s time for Tatiana to go back to school. Honestly, I can’t believe that she’s going into the third grade already. This year T has already declared that she wants to be involved in all the things. She’ll be in Girl Scouts, finishing up swim lessons, taking two dance classes, continuing with gymnastics and tumble, and picking up basketball.
For most, this schedule would be overwhelming. Last year her schedule was more intense than this and she handled it like a pro. As hard as we tried to convince her to cut down on back to school sports this year, she wasn’t having it. So here I am sharing my tips for how we’re prepping her for back to school and all the sports that come along with it.
6 Tips for Prepping for Back to School Sports
1. Go shopping together
My favorite part about back to school sports is being able to go shopping with Tatiana. I love seeing her face light up when we’re picking up all of the things she needs for sports. Academy Sports + Outdoors is our go-to shopping destination because we can mark everything off of our list while staying within budget. These t-shirts and moisture wicking shorts are always on our list. We always try to find a new pair of matching kicks when we hit the store too. While shopping, we instantly fell in love with these Nike Tanjun’s for Tatiana and I was able to find a similar pair for myself (they were under $50!)
2. Keep a schedule
Without a schedule, I would be lost. We keep a very detailed schedule of Tatiana’s activities so that we don’t get things confused during the week. Our schedule is color coded to help make things a little easier. We keep a copy of the schedule on our refrigerator and my husband and I both have her activities scheduled on our calendar apps. When everyone is on the same page with scheduling it makes it easy to avoid double scheduling or missing practices.
3. Encourage them to play more than one sport
I remember as a kid, sports weren’t really ingrained into my brain. It wasn’t until middle school that I discovered a love for playing sports. I’m not sure if it was because I’m highly competitive or because I liked the team aspect, but I loved trying all the sports. Now as a mom, my husband and I encourage Tatiana to try every sport at least once. Not only does it keep her active but it allows her to try new things. With the everyday low prices at Academy, we don’t have to worry about breaking the bank when she’s trying new sports either. We’re confident that we can find whatever T needs at Academy because of their wide assortment of products.
4. Ditch the screen time
Back to school sports are a great alternative for screen time. With such a busy sports schedule, T only has time to focus on school, sports, and spending time with friends and family. Sports keep her active and away from things like the TV and computer.
5. Remember you’re not the coach
Sports are supposed to be about teamwork and having fun. Try to remember that when watching your kids play. Don’t try to coach them. Sit back and let the coach be the coach. Soak up every moment of not having to direct your kid.
6. Support them in any way you can
This should go without saying but support your kids in any way that you can. Consider volunteering to help out on game days, bringing snacks for after practices, carpooling players or even just cheering them on from the sidelines.
One of the things that Tatiana loves the most is showing us what she’s learned. Whether it’s showing us her new dance moves or playing us in a game of basketball, it makes a difference. Being involved and showing support will mean the world to your kids. There’s just something so special about seeing all of their hard work pay off. Practicing with them from time to time is fun for them too.
How do you prep for back to school sports?
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