By Grow the Game – Kelly Anton
As busy parents, we’re often rushing around from work to home to practice to the grocery store and back home. After a game, we might be rushing home to finish the laundry, do some errands or finish some work. If you arrive just in time and leave immediately right after practice and games, however, you deprive your player of invaluable social time. If you can spare even 15 minutes before or after practice, your player will feel less stressed and have more time to bond with teammates—including some he or she might not normally spend time with. Even if you must hurry most of the time, look for openings in your schedule for your player to hang out. Maybe Saturday mornings, for example, you can bring granola bars for an impromptu after-practice gathering in the lobby.