I have been in back to school mode this past couple of weeks. I have attended Meet & Greet, Parent and Student Orientation, and Open House events. I have gone school supply shopping, made the school lunches, and had a one-on one conversation with my son’s teacher, not to mention having my first PTSA meeting with the entire school. However, I am looking forward to a true fall season when after school sports will begin, and I can start planning what sports activities will work to enhance my child’s growth and development this year. I decided to plan early for my son’s activities and not wait until the last minute to incorporate afterschool sports into our daily lifestyle. I am planning to register him early to take advantage of early bird fees for fall sports season.
I believe that keeping kids busy after school is a good thing for both the child and the parents. But working on homework, household chores, sleeping schedules, and working with other siblings can sometimes become demanding and overwhelming, so juggling after school sports calendars is “a must,” during the fall season. In the past my son enjoyed participating in karate. I wanted him to learn self control, discipline, patience, and kindness towards others. My husband and I had to decide how his karate program would work with afterschool, and my husband’s work schedule. The great thing about his karate classes were they took place at my son’s school.
Sensei Imere Pataki traveled to the children’s school to teach classes to pre-kindergarten students. This arrangement worked out perfectly for our family. My son had karate two days a week after school, at the same school that he attended during the day. Last year, my son participated in basketball for the first season. I enjoyed his first season of basketball, he had practice one day a week and games on Saturday. I am looking forward to him playing this season as a first grader. I think that while we are planning for his after school sports it is important to juggle the sports calendar with the family calendar.
7 tips for juggling after school sports calendar
1. Choose the right activities you want your child to get the most out of their activity. You want your child to enjoy the sport that they are participating in for the fall season.
2. Honor the family meeting-There is a central principal when it comes to time management. Everyone must get together once a week with calendars in hand to plan out each week.
3. Maintain a family calendar- Keep an accurate record of practices, games, and end of the season goals for the family
4. Get the activity bags, and uniforms ready
5. Make it portable-Keep healthy drinks and snacks in the car
6. Be flexible in case of a sick child or work disaster
7. Keep activity bin for younger sibling- The activity bin should include balls, Lego blocks, favorite books, etc.
How do you juggle your children’s afterschool sports calendars?