Keeping up with sporty kids on the move
Are you a parent on the go with a kid on the go? Are your weekends spent at away games and tournaments watching kids’ sports? Is your trunk full of sports gear? Then this one’s for you. It can feel impossible to keep up with your kids on the move, but here are some suggestions to keep yourself sane this season, while keeping your kids healthy, happy, and game ready.
Kid carpool service
Carpooling is a tried and true way to get back some balance in your life! Team up with other parents to take turns carpooling. It’s a great way to reduce emissions and get your kids socializing with teammates off the field or court.
It’s also a way to meet the other parents. Your social life deserves some TLC too! There are even carpool phone apps to help you and other parents manage the carpool schedule—bringing an old concept into the 21st century.
Rideshare for kids
Another current option is to turn to a rideshare company that caters specifically to kids. Of course, the first thing to cross your mind is the safety component—sometimes ridesharing as an adult feels a little sketchy.
Researching companies more in-depth may help to put your mind at ease. Many of them have a rigorous vetting process for their drivers, some going as far as conducting 20-point vehicle inspections and national level FBI and Department of Justice background checks.
Make sure to do your research
Most also require their drivers to have at least three years of childcare experience. Some companies offer for parents to meet the driver beforehand and even go for a ride-along, while some have technology installed in their employee’s car to monitor their driving behavior. These companies often offer other perks such as babysitting, providing car seats, and allowing your friends to recommend drivers to you.
These vetted rideshares can add up quickly and might not be an option for every family. If that’s the case, carpooling is definitely a great option—but if you do find yourself inevitably shuffling your kids around from activity to activity, make sure you take care of yourself. Take a multivitamin like Mybite Hers. The B12 boost will keep you on your A-game.
Game day food and other ways to prep in advance
Preparing in advance of game day is a great way to reduce stress and last-minute rushing around. Create a game day bag that has healthy snacks, water, sunscreen, an umbrella and blanket. There’s nothing worse than being unprepared to sit through hours of kids’ sports. Avoid sunburn, dehydration, and getting hangry by always having a game day bag ready.
Not all snacks for kids are created equal. Your sporty kid should have healthy and protein-rich snacks, but make sure that you’ll be able to enjoy them too! It’s an added bonus if they are non-perishable so you don’t have to worry about them spoiling.
Snacks for kids
Beef, turkey, and chicken jerky are a great option for kids and parents alike. Jerky comes in a variety of flavors, such as fan-favorite teriyaki, and is packed with protein. It has a long shelf life and can live in your game day bag without going bad. Protein is a great option because it supports growth, repair, and maintenance of the body. This is essential for your young athlete as they push their body to the limit.
To support bone and muscle strength, make sure your kids are getting enough calcium. An easy way to make sure of this is to give them a calcium supplement like Mybite Calcium. This is one of the best sources of calcium, especially if your child is dairy-free.
Trail mix is a fun option that can be adjusted based on your kid’s palate. Store-bought mixes can be full of preservatives, so try to make your own if you have time. For the peanut butter lover, try a combination of peanuts, cashews, Chex, banana chips, and peanut butter chips.
Homemade protein bites
Homemade protein bites are a yummy and easy way to get your kids to eat something nutritious. Many recipes incorporate protein powder, but it’s important to know that adult protein powder isn’t good for kids—instead buy a kid-friendly protein powder (it’s great to use in shakes too). You don’t even need to turn on the oven to make these!
Just combine oats, coconut, peanut butter, chia seeds, mini chocolate chips, and kids’ protein powder! Mix the ingredients together and then form into small bite-sized balls. They will keep for two weeks—but they are so yummy they’ll definitely be gone before then. You can also freeze them for up to three months! Check out this easy recipe from Oh So Delicioso.
Make sure they’re staying hydrated
It’s also essential to keep your kids properly hydrated, but you don’t want to give them the fake, artificially sweetened stuff sold at the store. Luckily you can make your own version of a sports drink. That way your kids will be hydrated, and you’ll know exactly what they’re putting in their body.
Mix together 100% fruit juice of your choice, coconut water, sea salt, honey, lemon or lime juice, and water. It definitely won’t be as sweet as the store-bought version, so feel free to add a little more juice, honey, or even monk fruit sweetener to get your kids interested. You are eliminating food dye, processed ingredients, and artificial sweeteners—and your kids will still love it! Check out the recipe for an all-natural sports drink here.
Picky eater? Try a multivitamin for kids
It can be a struggle to get a picky eater the nutrition they need. You can try all of the recipes in the world, but some kids only want peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese. This is something you can work on with them, but in the meantime, make sure they are getting the vitamins they need. Mybite specializes in vitamins disguised as yummy candy-like bites, perfect for a picky eater.
In fact, Mybite’s children’s multivitamin is full of essential nutrients for kids’ growing bodies. They won’t be able to say no to a chocolate vitamin with a smooth caramel and roasted peanut center—you’ll both be happy.
Get a sideline chair
You’ll be going to a lot of games this season, so do yourself a favor and invest in a comfortable sports chair. Sitting for such a long period of time can be rough on the back, so if you are finding yourself aching, get a back-support pillow.
It can double as back support while you’re on those long drives to out of state tournaments. Whether sitting on the sidelines, or in the car for an extended period, make sure you do incremental light stretching to keep your body feeling good. You’ve got to keep up with those kids somehow!
Speaking of car rides…
You’re going to be spending a lot of time in your car and so are the kids. Many of those car rides are going to be long—the last thing you want is to be stuck in the car with sweaty, smelly kids. Not only is it unpleasant for you, it’s also a surefire way to stink up the whole car! If you don’t have leather seats, the sweat is just seeping into the upholstery. Gross! Always make sure you have a couple of towels in the car so your kids can dry off and then sit on the towels to save your car seats!
Have a smelly car? Keep deodorizing spray handy
Also, keep a deodorizing spray in your glove compartment to keep that post-game stink at bay. Some deodorizing sprays are also anti-bacterial—perfect to spray on your car seats between rides, keeping everything clean and smelling fresh. Throw some wet wipes in your car or game bag so the kids can give themselves a quick wipe down post-game. It’s refreshing for them and makes things more pleasant for you.
With all of the gear you are keeping in your car, organization can go out the window. Your trunk can end up looking like it was hit by a tornado. You don’t want to have to dig through your car in search of a first aid kit, a snack, or another critical item. Invest in a trunk organizer to make it a no-brainer. You’ll be able to consolidate all of your necessities and lay them out so you’ll actually be able to find what you need.
Take time for yourself
There will be times when being constantly on the go is going to stress you out and run you down. No matter how prepared you are, the constant hustle will catch up with you. Try to find moments for self care—remember, you can only take care of other people if you’ve already taken care of yourself.
Pick your battles. Some days your kids are going to drive you up the wall and, in order to stay sane, you’ll have to make some compromises. That’s okay—you’re only human! At the end of a long and stressful day, you just want to put your feet up, watch some TV, and eat some chocolate.