Boogie played soccer this Fall. We try to involve the kids in activities from the our church. Our church is part of a Soccer League with other parishes in the vicinity. For $40 you can't beat 8+ weeks of activity. Granted it took me about 30 minutes (with traffic) to get to practice every week and there were games every Saturday...but overall it was a good experience.
It was a way for Boogs to run around and burn off some of his pent up energy. It was also good for him to refine his skills and to focus on one thing. In the beginning it was a lot of running around, not understanding the rules, and chaos as 5-7 year olds chased a soccer ball. As the weeks progressed, I noticed that Boogs was becoming more focused, was able to participate more, and refined his skills. By the last few weeks they started putting him in the goalie position and he was becoming better and better at defending his goal.
I'm a big fan of exposing our kids to as many activities as possible so that they can be well rounded. Soccer was just one part of that. Bug is already excited for when she will be old enough to join the soccer team. As our kids continue to grow I look forward to finding out what their favorite activity is and going with it full force.
I, unfortunately, had to miss the last game as I was prepping for the birthday party, but Hubby said that Boogs scored a goal. I know that totally made his day! Boogs also received his trophy and was very excited to share it with me.
However, between dance and soccer, I am getting an inkling of what our future holds as Hubby and I coordinate our schedules and take the kids to their activities. I'm sad that I can't attend every event, but it seems that our kids don't mind when Hubby or I can't be together at the same event because the other is taking care of someone/something else. They seem to go with the flow and that helps a lot!
I am grateful that our parish offers a lot of activities for our kids: religious ed, t-ball, soccer, summer camp, choir, scouts, etc. It helps us to be better connected to the church and it's members. We are part of one body.