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Sports-free August is being usurped by high school tryouts — FranklyStein

beachThis is going to be a big month of tryouts in the Stein house.

My twins will be high school freshmen and are both trying out for school sports teams next week — Lilly for field hockey and Adam for water polo. On top of that, they are both trying out for club lacrosse teams.

Traditionally, August has been our one relaxing, sports-free month of the year. Before my older daughter started high school last year, no one went back to school until after Labor Day. We took an extended vacation and even blew off the first week or so of rec sports. It was blissful. For a whole month there was no practice, no driving around and no sweaty clothes.

But those days have come to an end. This year, there is very little rest for a sports weary mom. Lacrosse and swimming ran through July and high school tryouts start Aug. 18. The kids have even had to prepare for tryouts on vacation. I’ve gotten Adam to a pool once so far, and Lilly has gone on several runs. Needless to say, they’ve needed much prompting. They are both a little burned out and not eager to prepare for what’s to come.

We have a post this week on tips for kids trying out for sports teams. I actually gave it to Lilly to read yesterday when she was dragging her feet about going for a run. There are some great nuggets of wisdom, from eating a balanced diet to maintaining good sleep habits. There’s also some sage advice for parents on how to be supportive. I like the bit about reminding them to have fun. I know in the midst of the stress of tryouts, they might forget why they are trying out in the first place. I hope they don’t forget that they love the game. And I hope they still love the game when all is said and done.

In the meantime, we have a few more days of vacation left. I’m going to try and forget that school is just around the corner and that sports are cutting into our relaxing time. I’m going to sit back and enjoy the rest of my sports-free vacation. It may be shorter this year, but I plan to soak up every second before I have to start driving in circles again.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 15, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 9.



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