It’s a new term, and I find myself talking to a different group of parents as I stand on the sidelines of kids sport.
Soccer parents have made way to conversations at the swimming pool again. Hockey parents conversations are now skiing parents, Futsal parents now back to being karate parents. It’s the ebb and flow of kids sport and it’s great for an extrovert like me.
There is an opportunity here to take time to get to know different groups of people in a safe way, and to also get to know the families of the kids that your kids play sport with. It’s a networking opportunity that in your working world you wouldn’t pass up, but in our parenting world we hesitate on.
We tend to gravitate to the same people, we tend to sit quietly just watching – this week, take the opportunity to get to know another parent on the sideline. Your children may or may not grow up and be friendly, but friendly conversation grows the community you live in, and that is always a good thing….
Plus, it confuses your children – my kids are often asking me about my sideline conversations with people. If your child is shy, it’s good for them to see how to initiate potential friendships, if your children enjoy people too, it’s good for them to see how it’s done in a more restrained way to develop friendships slowly over time.