Go Beyond The Half-Time Orange With These Sporty Mum Ideas

6:36:00 PM Ayesha Farhad 40 Comments


As soon as your children start school, their passion for football, running, and every other sport on the curriculum takes over. After school activities, weekend clubs, matches, meets and more will leave you in a spin. It’s wonderful that your little ones love to be active. And a little competition (with expectations fully managed) can be a good thing at times. But where does it leave you?


All those wonderful mummy-child moments at the park, just walking hand-in-hand and enjoying the swings seem to be over. Now the sports coach is leading the way, and you’re not getting much quality time with your little one anymore. How can you get involved with your kids’ activities? Don’t just be the taxi driver. Volunteer your time and help the team to success!

Drills and Practice
Your young child will undoubtedly be honing those gross motor skills during coaching sessions. There are plenty of opportunities to do the same at home too. Help your child fully grasp the rules of the game and the technique involved in the movements. All you need to do is ask them to show you how! Any gaps in knowledge can be worked out together. Your son or daughter can help you refine your skills, and you’ll both have fun playing the sport together.


Exploring Even More Activities
Most of the skills and physical techniques your child is mastering can easily become a part of other sports and activities. Try to introduce your kids to more and more sports and activities. Chances are they’ll stick with one or two, but a rounded experience means they have more opportunities to really find their passions in life. Kicking a ball requires balance and good coordination of the limbs. So does swinging a golf club, kicking a rugby ball, and shooting a hoop.


Rewarding Effort and Participation
Even if your child isn’t quite as physically adept as you both would like them to be, you can always reward the time and effort they put into trying. Why not visit the site that sells the trophies and awards for the sporting fixtures? You can always pick a few up yourself and award them when your child works really hard. Competition isn’t always seen as the most important aspect of sport anymore.


Support The Match
Lots of mums and dads turn up to their kids’ sporting events and matches to cheer the team on. Some will bring refreshments like cut oranges for half time. Others will serve the kids water. You don’t have to get involved in any of those things if they’re not really for you. But do try to attend all of your child’s fixtures, and notice when they’re paying attention to the play. Teamwork is important, regardless how many touches of the ball your child gets. If you’re really good at noticing what’s happening on the field, why not write up the match for the school newspaper?


Sporty mums aren’t all athletic, but they do get involved. They aren’t all knowledgeable about the rules, but they don’t mind learning. How do you participate when your child is a sports participant?

40 comments:

  1. I'm not a parent, but when I was growing up my mom was always my cheerleading coach. Although it sometimes drove me nuts, looking back I think it was so awesome that she wanted to be so involved!

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  2. I don't have kids and to be honest I didn't do a lot of sports when I was a kid, although I did play netball and I remember my parents coming to watch me x

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  3. this is so nice, i dnt remember such things my parents would have done in my childhood :(

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  4. I was never into sports as a kid and I totally wish I was! It's so important for parents to cheer on and motivate their kids to get active.

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  5. When I played field hockey and ran track in highschool my parents attended every match they could! Parental support is so important.

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  6. I don't have kids to support in sports, but being there to cheer your kids on and letting them know that you enjoy watching them play no matter how well they do is important. Kids should play sports because they love it, not for how well they do the sport. Parents should encourage this.

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  7. My teen is on the track and field team at his school. I support him by driving him to his meets.

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  8. I think being supportive as a parent is so important. I remember my dad taking me up and down the country for swim meets and I think we really bonded because of that.

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  9. I don't have kids but I have a nephew who is very into sports, I am definitely going to be spending some time doing more sporty things with him in half term as he has started to spend more time on his xbox then outside having fun! :) xx

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  10. Unfortunately with the number of after school lessons we do I wouldn't consider anything other than taking mine to the park for a run around or to my brother in laws for a jump on the trampoline. I'm sure mine will be in the netball teams at school when they area little older though. I will be cheering them on then.

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  11. I agree with these. We had such a fun season of soccer this Spring that I didn't even realize that I should have brought something for the team! I will remember this next season.

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  12. Ah what good ideas on how to get involved! My boys haven't found their sport yet but it's bound to happen!

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  13. I remember sport day with my parents. It does bring back happy memories. xx

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  14. My daughter is doing soccer and absolutely loves it. I consider it such an important job as her mother to provide the proper and necessary encouragement. Thanks for these additional tips on ways to be involved.

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  15. We put our kids in all kinds of sport to help them stay active and healthy. It wasn't something I did when I was younger, but I want more for them.

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  16. My oldest son plays soccer. I support him by attending games and most practices. I also like to keep in communication with his coaches. Your tips are really good!

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  17. I remember when my son used to play soccer, I always was there, it was reaaly important I remember felt special when he score he always dedicated me his goals, the most important support for our kids is us, the parent, really enjoyed thay season. I wish he could do more sports where we live now but its so expensive.

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  18. You are absolutely right about rewarding the effort and I feel awful that I haven't been doing so with my girls and I will take your advice on this.

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  19. This is a good reminder to be involved and to let your child try many different things. When they find something they love, it is awesome.

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  20. I try to always go to games when my kid is in a sport. Even though sports bore me to tears. But I like to at least show my support.

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  21. There are so many different ways to get involved. I can't wait until my daughter is older and hopefully taking part in sports.

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  22. I remember my parents coming to watch me every time I competed in something and I loved having them there supporting me x

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  23. Supporting and watching games would be important to us. But also trying to find a sporting activity that we all love like walking or swimming would be good x

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  24. When someone tries really hard it does not matter if they are not as adept, like you said it is good to reward them because it will help them feel more confident x

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  25. I really enjoyed supporting my stepson during his sporting events. It was truly a time that brought us all closer together. I also had a lot of fun doing it.

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  26. It feels amazing to be there for your child especially when they're competing. I think these are very good ways to spend more time with your child while also supporting them with what they do.

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  27. I have 2 toddlers and I want them to be a sporty someday and I will give my best support to them.

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  28. This is indeed a great way to be involved and keep the kids active :)

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  29. Letting your kids be active helps them to develop their skills. By supporting them really means a lot for kids.

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  30. really great post, i think its so important to encourage kids to get out there and start playing sports. Even if they're not very good at them. They teach you so many lessons and of course, keep you fit!

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  31. I loved having my parents stand/sit on the sidelines cheering me on at every game!

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  32. I am not a particularly sporty mum but I have always supported my children in any of their endeavours as I think it is important to show them you are there for them in every way possible x

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  33. I wish that I had participated more in sports growing up. I always try to make my nephews game to show support & love.

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  34. I never really did any sports growing up as I was always so self concious of my fitness levels. Now I love the gym xxx

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  35. I was my kids' Number 1 fan and cheerleader when they were still young and involved in team sports. I was in each and every game they played! It was a good confidence booster for them to see us cheering them and supporting them. It was also a great way to be with other sports moms. :)

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  36. I was never a sporty kid, but my siblings were and it was lovely to go support them along with my mum.

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  37. My daughters aren't in any sports yet, but I do make a big deal with anything school related. We make them feel like they are on top of the world!

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  38. I wish I'd done more sports when I was a kid!

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  39. I remember my dad often volunteered to help with practice. Coaches appreciate it and it's a great way to spend time together!

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  40. I'm definitely NOT a sporty mum, but I do try to run around with the kids at the weekend and participate in parent races during school sports days. I bet I look a right idiot haha

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