SportyKids: 6 spectator tips for parents

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of my weeknights and weekends watching my kids play sport. I have three girls and all have been quite sporty at various times. My two eldest have since moved on to other interests (mainly work), but my youngest is still at it and doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon. As a result of my years of dedication and experience, I have several tips to share with other parents of sporty kids.

1. Always pack two extra bottles of water. If it’s hot, your SportyKid will go through at least two bottles. If you’re an active spectator, you’ll need one as well.

2. Take a small gear bag with towel, the water bottles from point 1, sunblock, spare socks, jacket, rain jacket, first aid kit, tissues, book, a container of safety pins, tape, snack food and spare hair ties. At some point, your SportyKid will need all of this stuff.

3. Shove more hair ties in your pocket. These are always the first things to go missing from the gear bag.

4. Always pack at least two camping chairs in your car. At outdoor sporting events the ground can be damp, hard, rocky, dusty, and generally uncomfortable.

5. Always pack at least one extra large umbrella in your car. We use golf umbrellas and have just bought the oversized versions of these. They fit three underneath and will ward off rain and sun.

6. Leave in a cooler bag in your car: more water, fruit, a sandwich, and some chewy lollies (we pack “snakes”). SportyKids are usually starving once they’ve finished being sporty.

Next: SportyKids: looking after #1 at the game – yourself!

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