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My son has been playing sports since he turned 5. So for the last 8 years I’ve been a sideline parent for his baseball, soccer, track and whatever other sport he decided to play. With most years seeing him play a few different sports a year, that’s given me about plenty of time to practice and hone the skill of being the best sideline parent ever! Whether this is your first year as a sideline parent or your tenth, I’m sharing some of the tips that have helped me over the years.
Sign up to be Team Parent or offer to help out wherever the team may need it. Everyone is a volunteer and it’s a great way to get to know your kid’s friends and their parents.
BE PREPARED FOR ACCIDENTS
While most fields have first aid kits nearby, it always takes a few minutes to have someone run to the field house to get them. I pack a small first aid kit the beginning of the season and fill it with simple things like band-aids, sunblock, wound wash, cold packs and even bug spray. You’ll never know when you need it and because you’re dealing with kids, accidents and boo-boos happen.
I don’t know about you but I find metal bleachers so uncomfortable to sit on. So I always keep a few pop-up chairs in the trunk during sports season. I also keep a big blanket, sweatshirts for those cool, early morning games and activities for the little one in a tote in the trunk. This way, I won’t forget anything the day of the game (since I’m always running late or forgetting something). As the seasons change, I just swap out things that are needed.
Over the years, my son has outgrown his equipment or needed new things sooner than I expected so if we have have balls, gloves or things like that I’ll bring them along. This way if someone forgets their equipment that day or just didn’t have their own, we always had extra laying around.
HAVE PLENTY OF DRINKS & SNACKS ON HAND
This is probably the most important since I always get hungry or thirsty once the game starts. I’m like a big kid when it comes to this and since I’m usually traveling to games with my own family entourage, I like to bring a cooler filled with drinks and snacks to help cool us off. After all it gets hot out there watching our kids play. I keep the cooler stocked with POWERADE® to help keep us hydrated in the summer heat and plenty of NABISCO Multipacks to snack on. Then I usually just grab a bag of ice on the way to the game to keep the drinks nice and cold.
Right now the 8pk 20oz. packages of POWERADE® are on rollback at Walmart.
Plus keep an eye our for coupon neck hangers on the POWERADE® to save $1.50 on NABISCO 20-pack Multipacks and a coupon sticker on boxes of NABISCO snack packs to save $.75 when you purchase a 12-pack or larger multipack.
Be the best sideline parent you can be this year with these other great tips.