This spring, my 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter played on soccer teams for the first time. If you haven't had the experience of watching young children play soccer before, trust me it is entertaining and sometimes quite hilarious to watch.
Last Saturday was their final game. Following their games, it was very cute to see both children receive their Valuable Player trophies with such pride. As I watched my little ones walk back to the car, trophies and team pictures in hand, I thought I noticed a bit of newfound confidence in their steps. They were soccer players and had actually received an award for it. It was good for them to have the experience of playing on a team and feeling accomplishment from it, regardless of their skill. I chalked up our first go at soccer as a successful one.
Yes, the experience was a fun one. But of course, as in any experience, there are lessons to be learned along the way. Here are some valuable ones I learned this season which will most likely be the first of many soccer seasons to come:
1. Expect to spend more time in the 2x2 square foot port-a-potty with your 3-year-old player than actually watching their game.
2. No matter how many times you ask your children to use the restroom before leaving the house, and no matter how many times they actually do, they WILL express a need to "go" promptly upon your arrival to the game. The following potty scramble will likely render your otherwise timely arrival as late.