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Grappling With My Family’s Chaotic Fall Routines 3 Places at One Time
participate in whatever activity they’re interested in, my wife and I have always felt that sports can be a great place for kids to grow. I grew up playing football and running track. The skills of working with a team and striving to meet personal goals were invaluable as I moved into the business world. Besides being fun and good exercise, sports teach you invaluable lessons as you grow up and move into the real world. I truly believe that beyond teaching you to be an effective worker and leader, they enrich your life in meaningful ways. My oldest, a senior in high school, has been passionate about tennis ever since she was 12. It’s a tough sport here in the valley, with a giant divide between the top players and the good players. Some players have had private training since they were toddlers, and everyone else is just trying to stay competitive. But, I’m proud to say, she holds her own. My son, the youngest, plays tennis too and is on the wrestling team. Tennis was pretty much out of the question for my middle daughter. When she was younger, she didn’t handle the frustration and pressure inherent in the sport too well, running around the court making John McEnroe look mild and easy going. So, volleyball became her sport, and she’s stuck with it ever since. Now, she’s a sophomore in high school and doing well on the team. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position that allows me to make time to spend time with my family, drive my children wherever they need to be, and make it to almost all of their games and matches. At this point, work-life balance is basically a non-issue. It’s the needing to be in three places at one time that sometimes gets a little tricky.
With three kids active in sports and a wife who teaches Earth science at EagleHigh, September isalwaysamonthof chaos. School rampsupalmost immediately, fall sports kick into high gear, and everyone has to scramble to make sure everyone’s where they need to be every day of the week. Luckily, by the time October comes around, we’ve got the first month under our belt. Everything’sbeguntosettledown,andthosevitalroutineshavebeenetched into our daily schedules. It’s a relief, but that doesn’t mean that getting to this point isn’t stressful. When three kids need to be in completely different places all at the same time, it takes some doing. Like all busy families, my wife and I divide and
conquer, splitting up driving responsibilities so that we
“Besides being eager to providemykidswith the opportunity to participate inwhatever activity they’re interested in,mywife and I have always felt that sports are a vital part of everykid’s growth.”
don’t have to run around like chickenswithourheadscut off. My oldest is driving herself now, which is a sort of mixed
blessing. I’ve got to deal with the constant terror of the idea of her on
the road by herself, but at least that’s one
fewer kid to cart back and forth from tennis practice.
It was an especially complicated balancing act when the kids were younger, and I was intermittently coaching their teams, but all the effort is obviously worth it. Besides being eager to provide my kids with the opportunity to
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