I grew up playing soccer. I joined a soccer league when I was 5 years old and did not stop playing until I graduated from high school. Greg and I may not have talked discipline before we had a child, but we definitely talked sports. Greg is an avid baseball player, he is still playing (on 2 leagues) baseball at 33 years old!!
So, you can only imagine the amount of soccer vs. baseball talks we have had together. Of course we will allow V to play whatever sport she chooses, but I want her to try soccer to begin with because I think she will LOVE it. It is the perfect younger kiddo sport because everyone is actively participating.
I remember watching my brother play t-ball back in the day and he was the one in the out field with the baseball glove on his head or sitting in the grass picking dandelions. V is waaay too active to stand in the out field and wait for a ball to be hit to her. If she wants to play softball when she is older, I am all about it, it would seriously melt my heart to see Greg coach our daughter.
V has already started working on her soccer skills this winter. Grammy bought her a soccer ball in the fall, and she loves kicking & throwing it around. We have minimal furniture in our living room/dining room, which has quickly become V’s indoor soccer field. She will pull Greg by the hand and say “soccer, daddy, soccer".” He is in there for what seems like hours, and we often switch out because kicking the ball around never gets old for V.
Last week there was a mini indoor soccer goal on clearance at Target and it had V’s name all over it! Later that night Greg said, “We really need to get V a soccer goal,” I love when I am 5 steps ahead of him! The next day he set it up and we showed her how to kick the ball in the net. At first she loved carrying it around and pressing her face against the net, but after a few more “lessons” from us she got the hang of it and was kicking all the balls (she never plays soccer with just one ball) in the net. The little net is perfect for indoor, but an outdoor soccer net is on her birthday wish list!
As I started writing this post, I started to research toddler soccer leagues because the community soccer league does not start until she is 5 years old, and to my surprise, they DO have soccer leagues for toddlers. I have already emailed the director of the program to get some details for the summer program. We might take a break from gymnastics over the summer to be outside in the fresh air working on some motor skills and team work!
We do not have any big vacations planned this summer, so I want to take full advantage of the time I have with her this summer. On the list so far, swim lessons, soccer league, play dates, library, zoo and…I need to continue my research. I love having things to do everyday in the summer and presenting V with new, exciting experiences play with kids her age. I am more than halfway through the school year, with just about 4 more months to go until I’m T-SAHMing it again!
There is nothing I would love more than to be a true soccer mom!!