Juggling Sports and Connection


Kids getting ready for sports practice.Being a mom of three children, all actively involved in various sports, can feel like a never-ending balancing act. Between lacrosse practices, basketball games, and conditioning training, finding time to connect can be a challenge.

However, I’ve realized that building a strong connection with my kids is essential, even amid our hectic schedule. Here are some things I’ve discovered to foster meaningful connections with my tweens despite our busy lives.

1. Embrace the Carpool Conversations

With a packed sports schedule, our family spends a lot of time in the car, shuttling between practices and games. Any busy mom with multiple children knows you cannot survive without a good carpool. Instead of viewing this time as a mere logistical necessity, I’ve turned it into an opportunity for connection.

Carpool conversations are a precious chance to catch up on their day and discuss their interests. It’s amazing how much you can learn about your children during these seemingly mundane moments. It’s also great when one of their friends spills the tea!

2. Attend Their Games and Practices

Attending your child’s sports events is not just about showing support; it’s a powerful way to connect with them on their turf. Cheering them on from the sidelines not only boosts their confidence but also provides an opportunity for post-game discussions. Ask about their favorite moments, discuss challenges they faced, and share your own observations.

3. Schedule Quality One-on-One Time

In the chaos of our daily lives, it’s crucial to carve out dedicated one-on-one time with each of my kids. Whether it’s a weekly dinner date, a Saturday morning Starbucks outing, or a cozy movie night at home, these moments provide a unique chance to connect. During this time, put away the distractions, be fully present, and let them lead the conversation. It’s amazing how much they’ll open up when they feel your undivided attention.

4. Use Technology to Your Advantage

While too much screen time can be detrimental, technology can be a valuable tool for connecting with your children. Follow their social media accounts, share funny memes or interesting articles, and engage in light-hearted online banter. Just be mindful of boundaries and ensure that your digital interactions supplement, rather than replace, face-to-face connections.

5. Be Flexible 

Flexibility is key when managing a busy family schedule. Sometimes, practices run late or games are rescheduled, but being flexible allows you to roll with the punches. Embrace the unpredictability of life, and use these moments to demonstrate your unwavering support for your kids’ passions.

Connecting with your children amid a sports-filled family life requires intentionality and creativity. Embrace the unique opportunities that sports provide for bonding, and remember that even small gestures can make a big impact. By prioritizing quality time, active engagement, and a flexible mindset, you can strengthen the connection with your children and create lasting memories.

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Michelle is the Owner and Editor of Fairfield County Mom and Westchester County Mom. She has spent her entire life in Fairfield County, growing up in Norwalk and now residing in Fairfield, CT. Michelle married her husband, Chris, in October 2008. Before motherhood, she thought she was busy, but now life with her son Shane (March 2011), twins Blake and Brynn (June 2013), Hank the Lab, and Bruce the Frenchie, the meaning of hectic has been redefined! Michelle is also a working mom, teaching third grade at a local public school. When she’s not making lists, chauffeuring the kids, and doing laundry, Michelle enjoys standing along the sidelines cheering on her kids, lounging with a good book, eating dark chocolate, and sipping on some tequila.


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