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Lynda Loveland: And so it begins

Posted August 4, 2010

Lynda Loveland

I have three kids, ages 7, 5 and 3. So far, I’ve been able to avoid running all over God’s green earth chauffeuring them from practice to game to whatever.

I hear stories from parents all the time about practically living out of their minivan because of their kids extracurricular activities. If a child’s not involved in something by the time they’re 3, they’re never going to be good at anything, apparently.

Well I’m bucking that trend. I prefer eating a home cooked meal, together, going to the pool, together and playing at home, together. Plus my kids haven’t been begging me to participate. That’s just what works for my family.

Anyway, I’m afraid my homey little system is about to be up-ended. Starting next week, my two older kids start soccer practice. They’re on the Y league, which thankfully, the games and practices are within a stone’s throw from the homestead. I have to admit, I’m kinda excited they’re getting involved with team sports. But the thought of giving up two nights a week for practice and a Saturday for games, sort of dulls the excitement. The ball has started rolling and I’m afraid it’s only going to be picking up speed from here.

Any advice?

Lynda is the mom of three kids and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here every Thursday.


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  • mhagwood Aug 6, 2010

    sit back and enjoy, this is what you have kids for

  • JAT Aug 6, 2010

    Three words - McDonalds Happy Meal

  • luvbailey Aug 6, 2010

    Keep extra cash in the car for picking up dinner on the way home!

  • elle Aug 5, 2010

    Hi Lynda,
    I am the mom of two boys ages 12 and 16. I sometimes miss those tranquil days before they started playing sports, but I must say - - I love going to my boy's games and watching them grow and compete. I've made the trek to the emergency room only a couple of times so far (thank goodness) and I must say I am looking forward to football and fall baseball. One of the greatest things about my boys being involved in sports has been the lifelong friends we have made along the way. Spending weekends at soccer and baseball tournaments has provided me with friends that I know I will be enjoying long after my boys have flown from the nest. It is hard for me to believe that in just two short years my oldest will be going to college - - before I blinked, I was still in my thirties, skinny and changing diapers. Now . . . I will soon be 50 and where did the metabolism go? But, what's most important is I have the most awesome memories and hope to keep adding to them as long as my boys

  • kotcowgirl Aug 5, 2010

    I have a 9 and 12 yr old boys they have been playing baseball since age 4. That is when it all started. We do alot of crock pot dinners or sandwiches. Lynda it is alot of fun and i would not have changed anything in the world. they learn alot and have fun doing it that is all it matters. You need to find a recipe book that has 4 to 5 ingredients the one that i have is called busy womans cookbook. It has saved me for quick meals on the run. I am a stay at home mom now. I do not know how i did it when i was working 42 hours a week. I am still in auh of how i did it all. I have now one playing football and one playing baseball and i am pulled around like grumby. Have fun Lynda and enjoy the Kodak moments!

  • bgb Aug 5, 2010

    Enjoy the moments of the sports begining.My son started when he was 3 yrs old playing soccer.He will be 13th soon and I have to beg him to play some sports now.He just plays basketball in the winter but I use to be that soccer mom.

  • kittiboo Aug 5, 2010

    My daughter is only 2.5 and so far we have only done a parent-child class at the Little Gym with her for a couple semesters. We actually gave it up this summer to be able to travel and spend more time together. I can't imagine what it will be like when she's older and wants to participate in things. And I only have ONE! I think I will probably limit her to one activity at a time until she's able to drive. I only did one activity when I was a kid, and not until I was almost in middle school. Even in high school, I did flags and swimming, but I could drive myself to both (I didn't start until I was a sophomore) and they didn't happen at the same time of year.

    I don't want to limit my child's interests, but I also find family time extremely important.

  • missparrothead Aug 5, 2010

    I'm like you in that I enjoying hanging out at home w/my children- bike riding, pool, walks, feeding turtles at a nearby pond, and I like to cook. If you minimize activities, you can still fit in bits of quality at home time. I know this is to sound strange, but I've had to "prioritize" my friendships and our friendships w/other couples/families, b/c there just isn't enough time, and we need some "downtime" as well! Its a constant juggle, but there is alot of fun along the way! At the games/practices, you'll meet other nice parents too!

  • wcumom Aug 5, 2010

    Wait until your two oldest have braces on at the same time,and your food has to change.Yes,It is going to be quiet hectic for you from here on out.But it will be a pleasurable hectic.My son had Football,Baseball,Soccer,Basketball,and wrestling.My daughter had ,All county chorus,softball,soccer,basketball and cheer leading.Whew,glad those days are over.

  • hublet1 Aug 5, 2010

    Well everyone wants their children to experience life, its just the parents don't want to fall into that "soccer mom/dad" syndrone, when your dragging kids hither and yon. When we lived in Sanford, soccer was and still is the craze. My son wasn't that interested, liked his play time with friends. Since 2006, we moved into a neighborhood and he's discovered the abundance of kids his age to play with. We finally got him into sports and out of the yard, waiting for the next kid to come home to play. Its a catch 22, sports are great for them to make friends & experience things outside the norm. We started with the Y flag football and this year have joined the JR. Pop Warner football leage and my son loves it. Of course, not sure if that's because one of his buds is on the team or not (ha, ha). Just enjoy, the teen years will be here before you know it.
    Good luck, miss watching you and all the gang on WRAL.