The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.
On our weekends, we spend a fair amount of time as a family hanging out at sports fields. And while our main reason for being there is to cheer on our son or daughter who is playing soccer (as well as for their entire team)… the reality is that I will also need to simultaneously keep a gaggle of siblings happy as well. So aside from tossing $20 bills to the ice cream man to keep my kids content, and sending them off to the playground for yet another hour…. I need to have a back-up plan. Preferably one that sits in my car, just waiting for the right moment to be called into action. Perhaps you do too….
Which is why it is good to have your car organized for the start of the kids’ sports season!
Some things in the back of this car are basic necessities- a few chairs to sit on, a couple of blankets with water-proof bottoms for the kids to lay on, and sunscreen. And some things are for emergencies- an extra pair of shin guards and soccer socks, an extra sweatshirt for a parent or a child that is chilled, an umbrella or two, some paper and crayons to entertain the kids who are bored, a few bottles of water in the event that your child or a teammate has forgotten theirs at home, and of course a first aid kit to bandage sports injuries and playground boo-boos.
And then there are items in here for EMERGENCIES! Snacks for tired and grumpy kids. Candy when they’ve eaten all the snacks and you need to keep them happy for just a little while longer. A deck of cards, a stashed-away game (ours is “left-right-center”) that you can pull out when you’ve reached the end of your rope, and it feels new and exciting to the kids.
And of course if you are fortunate enough to drive an oversized Mommy bus as I do, you can just tuck everything underneath the back row of seats, and leave plenty of cargo space available for the 47 bags of groceries that I need to pack in here after my weekly run to the store!
But the same idea also works for my husband’s car- an SUV where we put into action the 3rd row of seats which leaves us with mere inches of trunk space!
So what did I forget? Are there any other items that you like to tuck into the back of your car during the kids’ sports season? Please leave a comment and share!
If you get a chance, I hope you’ll stop by to see me at Momof6 – a place where I write about organizing your home, using a family calendar, creating household routines, hosting at-home birthday parties, and holding a DIY summer camp! You can also find me over on GreatFamilyRoadTrips– where I share ideas and itineraries to inspire you to hit the road!
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