Best Team Mom Ideas
Thanks to Sports Mom Survival Guide for this great guest post!
Having kids in sports and extracurricular activities can be time consuming. Organization is almost always the key to having things run smoothly, which is why we started our blog, Sports Mom Survival Guide. Many of us will, at some point, be a team mom. You find yourself not only juggling your family's schedule, but a whole team's schedule. Being a team mom can be a tough job! Here are our top 5 tips for team moms:
1. Stay organized!
Taking on the role of “Team Mom” can be a time consuming job if you are not organized right from the start! Check out our Team Mom Duty Checklist (and accompanying printables). You may need to make some slight modifications for your particular sport and league/program offering, but it should provide some helpful tips no matter the sport.
2. Use a scheduler.
You probably already know how hard it is to coordinate with all of the other parents on your child’s team! Scheduling anything for a large group can be overwhelming to say the least, but throw in a bunch of parents who are too busy and (in all honesty) would rather not help you, and you are doomed to be frustrated! Most of the time the Team-Mom is someone who either can’t say no or has the need to to make order out of chaos. (FYI, I’m the first one! Please don’t ask me for a favor…I have a REALLY hard time saying no!) A free, online sign-up tool like VolunteerSpot is great to use to organize all the scheduling. Here are a few of the benefits:
- Get more volunteers for snack duty, etc.
- Get more people to show up with auto reminders
- SAVES YOU TIME
- Makes it easy for volunteers
- KEEPS TRACK OF EVERYTHING FOR YOU
3. Learn to Say NO!
It can be hard to say no sometimes, but overcommitting is not beneficial to anyone. I’ll be honest this has always been a hard one for me. Don’t let saying YES to all the little things jeopardize the time you spend with your family.
4. Have a digital calendar that your entire family has access to at all times.
Ever feel like you have an organizational nightmare on your hands…I do! This was our May calendar.
This type of busy makes me SO thankful we have friends and teammates that are willing to help carpool when we need it! The key is to get everything scheduled, organized AND make sure that everyone knows when and where they are supposed to be. There are a few options in digital calendars, but it's important that everyone has access to a main family calendar. Check out this post for 3 different options we recommend HERE!
5. Menu Plan.
One of my hardest daily jobs is figuring out what we are going to eat for dinner. We are busy in the evenings and having a sit down meal is not always an option. I have found that if I can just take a little time to plan ahead, I am a lot less stressed out about dinner. (Weekly menu planning can also save you money by not “running to the store for just a few items” everyday or eating out.) I truly believe that menu planning is one of the best places to start in your quest to get your life organized and when you are a team mom you NEED to be organized! We offer a weekly menu plan with a printable shopping list, that you can sign-up for HERE.