How I Support My Soccer Stars

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by Courtney from Storing Up Treasures

Soccer season is beginning. For this family it means a big commitment and a lot of running around. However, we love soccer, our children love soccer, and we believe that sports are an important part of childhood.  This year four of our children will be playing. That means a lot of practices and being on the field nearly every night of the week. It also means Saturdays will be spent cheering them on at their games.

As a soccer Mom, I am committed to supporting my children throughout the soccer season. It means that not only am I their chauffer, but I am also their number one fan.  I always want to encourage them to do their best while at the same time having fun and enjoying the game. I encourage them to believe in themselves and the abilities they were gifted with.  I am always right there to cheer them on for every game, to tell them how proud of them I am, and to make sure they are always ready to play their best

For my four soccer stars, they each are gifted athletically. Two of them have been told numerous times they have a future in soccer if they keep going with it. These two live and breathe the sport.  Yes, they are quite competitive, but they love it, and for them the competition is part of the fun.  Our home is littered with their trophies and awards. We leave them out all year long because they are proud of their achievements, and so am I.

Sports build confidence. It helps young kids to feel a part of something. It builds their self-esteem and encourages them to be healthy physically and emotionally.  My children are always happier when they are active. Soccer is one way our family bonds and stays active throughout the year. Even my children who are not on a team enjoy playing. They love to kick the ball around at practices and games. While three of the girls prefer dance, I do see that several of my little ones will be soccer players like their older siblings in the not too distant future.

During soccer season it is imperative that I make sure my athletes are well fed and hydrated. We are a big fan of the Gatorade products and make sure that our kids have a bottle at every game. In the southern summer heat, they need to stay well fueled and hydrated during practices and games alike. The kids also happen to love the taste of Gatorade, so it is a win- win for this soccer Mom.  I never have to worry if they are getting enough to drink.

The awesome people at Gatorade have teamed up with BlogHer to give away a $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card to one of my readers.  It is easy to enter, just let me know how you support your athletes through the highs and lows!! And once you’re done you can also visit the Gatorade Moms page and take the pledge to help young athletes become the best they can be and for every pledge Gatorade will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to the Women's Sports Foundation!


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