When I first became a stepmom, if we are being really honest, I found organized sports to be a BIT excessive.
"3-4 nights a week for a sport?" I would complain to my husband. This is too intense!
With four kids, I felt like we were always on the go. From arena to arena, from soccer field to soccer field. The schedule was exhausting.
But that was at the beginning of my parenting career. It didn't take me long to change my tune, and the way I look at organized sports.
Sure, with four kids the schedule can get a little intense.
But soon I realized that putting your children in organized sports really has nothing to do with the "game" itself.
It's not about putting a ball in the net, or winning the the third game of the week. It's about MUCH more!!
Organized sports it about teaching dedication, hard work and sacrifice.
It's about setting goals and missing them, setting goals and crushing them.
It's about pushing your body, and the rush you get when you go harder and faster than you ever thought you could.
It's about the high fives, the lifelong friendships and the coaches who become your hero.
It's about being healthy, active and learning to value your body and all that it can do.
It's about commitment, and showing up, even when you just don't feel like it!
It's not just a game, it's LIFE SKLLS 101.
Through organized sports, we're teaching our children so many important skills that will carry forward into their education and eventually into their careers. The experience is invaluable.
People often ask us how we handle the crazy schedule and if we dread spending our nights in the arena or at the soccer field.
The answer? Not at all. For us, it's a way of life. It's a crucial part of our parenting formula.
Our goal as parents, is to raise these babes up into successful, healthy, active, kind, and hard working adults. When you really think about it, everything about organized sports is inline with that mission.
So when it does get busy and overwhelming, we think about all the valuable life skills that the kids are learning, and it all becomes worth it!!
When it comes to parenting, as you can probably tell, my husband and I are very clear on the values we want to instil in the kids.
Since embarking on this journey of motherhood, I've really started to pay attention to the values and messaging behind the brands that I support. And I'm not just talking about the ingredients in their actual products here, even though that is EXTREMELY important. I'm talking about what the brand itself stands for.
For us, seeing companies and brands recognize the infinite value that organized sports provides children, is beyond refreshing.
Kids are bombarded with advertisements for video games, candy, and sugar drinks all day long. It's encouraging to see leaders in our communities promote healthy and active living instead.
Like so many families, Danone yogurt has been a part of our morning routine for as long as I can remember. All the kids consider their Greek Yogurt to be a "treat!" (How's that for a MOM WIN?)
But I don't just support Danone because my toddler begs for their greek yogurt the second she opens her eyes. What I love about Danone is that their commitment to active and healthy families doesn't stop with their high quality products.
As supporters of the Breakfast Club of Canada, and the founder of Danone Nations Cup, not only are they committed to providing quality food to Canadians, they are providing opportunities for Canadians to stay healthy and get active!
They walk the talk in every which way!
If you're wondering, the Danone Nations Cup, is the worlds largest soccer tournament for children between 10-12. We're not talking a local soccer tournament here either. Over 32 countries take part!! Danone gives local soccer players to opportunity to compete with kids from all over the world. How amazing is that?
THAT right there folks, is why Danone products are always my grocery list.
With all the distractions for kids these days, it's imperative that we keep them healthy and active!
It's encouraging to have large corporations on our side, because as I'm sure you know, somedays the fight can feel like an uphill battle.