confessions of a first-time soccer mom.


Brent tells a story about coming home everyday from peewee football practice his first year saying he wanted to quit. He wasn’t good and it was frustrating. I seem to remember the same story being told about baseball.

As a child my first team sport experience was on a co-ed (read: mainly  boys) coach pitch baseball team. In Panama (read: Latin American boys. Very, very fast ones). It was intense and I had anxiety everytime I went up to bat. Same thing when it came to elementary school softball in Maryland. Middle school track in Alabama. High school volleyball. Heck, even bowling as an adult. Brent and I like to say that our kids got a double-dose of an anxious spirit…which I like to think can be good when properly channeled but can be pretty tough to deal with in a still growing little body.

Watching our child on a playing field for the first time last Friday night was amazing. There seemed to be no trace of worry about being “good” or winning. But she also didn’t stare off into leftfield (or is it backfield in soccer? I have no idea), longing to pick those delicious purple wildflowers.

She went after the ball. She put herself in the mix with the boys. She tried.

Sure, she may not have actually kicked the thing but she didn’t care. Neither did we.

She had fun, she got some exercise and when it was all said and done, she even had a little dirt on her uniform.

I’ll admit that I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face when I tossed that oversized, dirt-stained jersey into the wash for the very first time.

For this season in my life, however short it may be, I’m a soccer mom.                

And I’m proud.

Connie FintelMarch 16, 2011 - 10:01 am

…and before you know it, your little soccer player will turn into this – and it will happen in a blink of an eye. Enjoy every minute of it.

MeganMarch 16, 2011 - 10:33 am

Well, she certainly looks like she is having fun to say the least! I’m glad her first practice was a good experience. I think coaches have come a long way from being so competitive like when we were young to now trying to just have fun.

Veronica HuertaMarch 16, 2011 - 11:00 am

Just Lovely!

This time in my life I am a baseball mom and I love it too! Enjoy!

JenniferMarch 16, 2011 - 11:07 am

Good for Sarah! And personally I’d be VERY tempted to sit and pick those beautiful wildflowers… 🙂

Jessica WMarch 16, 2011 - 11:30 am

How refreshing to have her enjoying herself and digging right in!

LaraMarch 16, 2011 - 11:33 am

Awwww…that made ME smile! My 5yo niece, Lily, played soccer for the first time this fall. In one particular game, my sister saw Lily throw her hands up and her head back as she talked to herself, obviously frustrated. Later, Leslie asked her what that had been all about, and Lily said, “Didn’t you see #6?! He had to be at least 8! He was running all over us!” Gotta love children’s soccer games!

KatieMarch 16, 2011 - 12:24 pm

She rocks! When I was her age, my best friend and I used to skip down the field holding hands…my Dad still makes fun of me to this day!

TracyMarch 16, 2011 - 12:47 pm

Oh Erin…have fun being a soccer mom. I was a soccer mom for 17 years and loved every minute of it! I can just picture my daughter with her pink soccer ball when she first started. Although after 17 years…which included travel teams, indoor and both my daughter and son getting pretty muddy at times…I tell them now that when they both have jobs ( they’re now in grad school and college ) they owe their mother a new washer and dryer!! 🙂 GO SARAH!!!!

Amanda M.March 16, 2011 - 1:06 pm

My son is starting his 3rd season tonight, and it is so much fun and entertaining! I love being a soccer mom! 🙂

JackieMarch 16, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Sooo cute!! 🙂

CarolMarch 16, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Boy does that bring back memories my Sara’s first game (a few years ago)and how proud of her we are today, especially when she made the high school team.

Lorena MoraMarch 16, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Welcome, from one soccer mom to another. It’s nice that at this age it’s not very competitive, here in Cali they don’t keep track of points until they’re 7. Although Mady has always been in a girls team for some reason there isn’t co ed. Although in her karate class, it’s co ed and on sparring (fighting) days she sometimes fights the older bigger boys and girls which is fine by me and helps her in the confidence dept as she’s pretty shy at times.

GramaMarch 16, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Hooray for Sarah and her soccer mama and daddy! I love these photos!!

AmyMarch 16, 2011 - 5:18 pm

Great pictures! I looks like she is having such a great time.

TawniMarch 16, 2011 - 5:57 pm

That is sooooooo adorable!!! I’m more than a little bias…but soccer is so awesome for girls! Sports in general, yes, but soccer is gold! Did you know that girls who grow up playing team sports are more likely to do well in school, have high self-esteem, say no to drugs & underage drinking, less likely to drop out of school, stay in an abusive relationship or, naturally, suffer from obesity! Pure gold!!!

AmyMarch 16, 2011 - 6:22 pm

Go Sarah!!! This is awesome. I’m beaming with pride just watching how happy she is on the field! 🙂

love how she just got in the mix and went for it!

AnneMarch 16, 2011 - 8:43 pm

Love these pictures. Other than Sarah obviously having a blast, the orange uniforms looked great in the field of purple henbit.

Have great fun at the beach.

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaMarch 17, 2011 - 7:05 am

She is so cute and she looks pretty fierce behind that ball!

SierraMarch 17, 2011 - 7:56 am

Awww!! How awesome and proud is she?! I love the orange uniforms on the purple flower field. I swoon! 🙂

ShannonMarch 17, 2011 - 1:25 pm

That post made me tear up. Beautiful pictures. Fantastic writing.

JennyMarch 18, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Fabulous photos. The light! The flowers.

Mike RocheMarch 18, 2011 - 2:05 pm

I was so proud of Sarah, she hit the dirt pretty hard a couple times and popped right back up and kept going. I must say my heart warmed when we stopped by the “lemonade” stand and she introduced me as “her coach”. 🙂 Coach Mike

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