Summer is in full swing now, meaning kids are spending more time at home without school to worry about. Many families have their kids participate in team sports during the summer months, and this can be a great way to keep your kids active and entertained. However, if you’re going to get your kids involved in athletics this summer, or if they’ve already started with their new sports team, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind as a new team mom to help both you and them have as enjoyable an experience as possible.
Play It Safe
When your kid is first starting out in sports, you might not have all the right equipment right away to keep them fully safe and protected out on the field. Many items, like a mouth guard for example, can seem like an unnecessary addition to a list of equipment, but all recommended equipment is recommended for a reason. The AAPD notes that 10 to 39% of dental injuries in children are caused by sports, particularly chipped and broken teeth. Think twice before you skip over ordering a new piece of equipment.
Additionally, make sure to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician before your kid’s first scheduled practice. In addition to having all the necessary vaccines to participate in a team sport, a pediatrician can help you identify potential health issues that might come up during team practice or games. Asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children, and can be aggravated by certain types of exercise. Stay informed and up to date on potential health risks early to keep your child safe.
Stick To Healthy Diets
When your kid is running around outside all day during summer practices and games, they’re inevitably going to be hungry. Your kids are likely to start craving higher-calorie foods, particularly junk food or things high in carbs. Just be sure to include a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables where you can – try using foods like microgreens to sneak vegetables into otherwise kid-pleasing meals. Microgreens are a tiny form of edible greens produced from very young vegetable, herb or other plants, and can be easily hidden in other meals. Also remember to include high-protein items, as this will help your child build up muscle while exercising with their team.
Get To Know The Team
If you and your child are going to be spending a good amount of time with the other kids and families on the team, make sure to socialize a bit while sitting in the bleachers. You’ll be seeing these families more often than you might initially think, and it’s good to be on good terms with other team parents. You’ll also be able to set the kids up with some time to practice together if you want to have time to hang out with their parents.
Be Prepared To Hit The Road
Not all kids’ sports teams are going to have games in your local area. Depending on how well your kid’s team does, be prepared to hit the road for a few games out of the season. Need an efficient way to travel? Consider renting a motorcoach for the team and all travelling together. You’ll end up with fewer traffic-related issues by taking a single vehicle, and group transit is actually more energy efficient. Motorcoaches are 3 times more efficient in reducing CO2 output when compared to commuter rail, and 5 times more efficient than transit buses.
Sports are a great way to keep your kids entertained this summer, while also allowing them to stay active and make new friends. Use these tips to stay ahead of the game on getting your kids started with team sports and enjoy the experience yourself as much as possible.