Crazy Schedule

Sport is not something I like. I don’t do any sports and don’t watch sports. My knowledge about sports is so limited that is unbelievable.

For example, I have lived in Woodbury since 2001. And I didn’t know that WAA is part of Woodbury High School until ERAA came into existence last year.

Naturally my two kids are not into sports a lot.

They went through the swimming lessons through the Community Education and graduated at their highest level. That’s about all the sport they have done.

They both don’t like swimming. They did it because I made them to. I think swimming a basic life skill they need in life.

Last summer they played basketball in our driveway after they got a basketball hoop. They liked it.

So when ERAA began to offer basketball in the fall, I signed both of them up for the sport, my son in the in-house 6th grade boy’s team and my daughter in the 4th grade girl’s team.

I didn’t know at the time that we would get ourselves into a crazy schedule.

My daughter’s practice usually starts at 6 pm and ends at 7:15 pm, and my son’s practice starts at 7:15 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. And they are at two different schools in two different directions, one at Liberty Ridge Elementary and one at Cottage Grove Elementary. The schools are not close to each other.

When we did the swimming lessons through Community Education, both my son and daughter had lessons at the same time and in the same location, even though they were at different levels. So it was predictable and convenient.

But now with basketball, they have different practice time and location. And they change every week. They are unpredictable and inconvenient for us. It really makes our life more hectic and stressful.

I don’t know how other parents handle multiple sports with multiply kids in the family, especially the traveling kinds. I have enough with just two kids in one sport.

Now I can better understand when I hear other parents talking about crazy schedules because of their kids’ involvement with various sports.

Yes, it is crazy.

I wish when ERAA schedule practice times and locations, there is a way that they could take sibling situation into consideration to make the schedule less crazy for participants.

Well, it’s probably not realistic, just my wishful thinking.

1 Response

  1. roxane s.

    Hi Qin! Glad to have found your blog, and this is a great subject. As the mother of five, I can honestly tell you it is very hard to keep up, and in fact, we can’t. Growing up with just one sister in a small town, we were involved in everything, and it was a great experience. I grieve the opportunities my children will not have, though they are still involved. It’s not just logistics, but it’s also gotten very expensive. So, good luck with your crazy schedule. I will think of you as I am hauling kids around from one place to the next. 🙂

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