You work hard, keep the house organized, cook, clean, make sure your kids don't maim each other ... and now it's baseball season. The mere thought of endless games and constantly traveling like a nomad makes you feel like you're getting closer to the edge. Have your kids' sports taken over your life?
Most of the time, you deserve to have an "S" on your chest for being such a put-together mom, but once the kids' sports roll around, you wish you could fly far, far away. Not only do you and your kids become overscheduled and overcommitted, but your spouse becomes obsessed with the minutia of every game. He can quote your kids' stats off the top of his head like it's nothing, as if everybody knows that info. The behavior reaches crazy-making levels, and sometimes it's downright embarrassing. According to i9 Sports, the nation's fastest-growing youth sports league for kids 4 to 14 years old, these are the signs that sports are taking over your life. Just admitting you have a problem is the first step ....
Signs that Kids' Sports Have Taken Over Your Life
Your kids can't rest on the "off season." You expect them to run and lift weights, even if they're 8 years old.
Happy Meal A-Go-Go
Yourrrrrr OUT OF HERE!
Other parents can't cover their children's ears quick enough when they see you walking towards the ref. Note: F-bombs are never appropriate at a Little League game.
Your Idea of Social Networking
When you aren't screaming at referees or other kids on the opposing team, you live on the bleachers.You rarely take bathroom breaks because life doesn't exist outside of those bleachers.
#1 on Speed Dial
Why waste the #1 spot on speed dial on your mom or spouse? The coveted #1 spot goes to the coach of course! You have long intimate conversations about the finer points of your little one's game.
Friends? What Friends?
Nothing is more important than soccer playoffs. Who cares if you have to miss your best friend's wedding? You can see the pictures later and she'll get over it.
I Think I Remember You
You've forgotten what your husband looks like because you haven't seen him since the beginning of the season. Like two ships passing in the night, you settle for seeing him in between shuttling kids to practice, recitals and games.
Everyone on Facebook and Twitter knows your child's stats from the game because you post start every post with them. People have threatened to block you.
You hope and dream of the day that the MVP of the team moves so that your kid can be in the starting line-up. Maybe you can talk them into moving across town.
Co-Workers Hate You
You used to talk to your co-workers about the latest episode of 'Lost' or what you did over the weekend. Now your co-workers have to hear about every single one of your kid's sports stats if they like it or not.