The Football Parent’s Survival Guide
January 28, 2021
The football season is well underway, and a lot of parents are struggling to find time to fit practices and games into their already packed schedules.
Before you debate how many microwave dinners your family can survive on during the season, take some time to focus on other things that can make this time fun for everyone.
We can’t make your schedule less full, but we can share some words of wisdom on how to make the rest of the season less hectic. If you want every game and practice to feel like a win, remember to keep these tips in mind:
Football season is stressful for any parent, but it can be especially chaotic because it’s rarely the only sport or activity you’re juggling.
Your week could be packed with fall play rehearsals, study groups, play dates, and a host of other obligations. Having an activity calendar on the fridge can be helpful, but having an app everyone could use would be even better.
Try having “go bags” ready and by the door every morning. Spend some time with your kids packing backpacks and duffle bags with everything they need for the next day. If you have multiple kids, embroidering initials on each bag can help ensure that bags don’t get mixed up when you’re running out the door.
Football T-Shirts for Mom & Dad
Kids aren’t the only ones who would appreciate some team apparel.
Football shirts are a great way to show your team spirit and support your kids. You could always get an exact copy of your kid’s jersey in an adult size, but feel free to get a little creative when you’re making your apparel.
Make screen printed tees that say “football mom”, “football dad”, or “football parent” in the team colors. Create shirts with quotes and funny sayings about football, or just design something that shows your love of the game. There’s a lot you can do, and here are a few of our favorite design ideas that you can use as templates to get started:
If you’re interested in learning more about the best way to order custom apparel for teams, check out our post on team personalization.
Pack Your Backup Bag
You aren’t the only busy parent who’s helping out with the team. Plenty of other parents are rushing to get their kids ready for another practice or game, and it can be easy to accidentally forget something important.
Coming to games and practices with a well-packed bag will quickly make you one of the most popular parents on the team. You may not be able to bring a spare uniform and safety equipment for every player, but you can pack plenty of helpful items in a stylish duffle bag decorated with the team mascot.
When you’re planning your emergency practice bag, make sure to have these on hand:
- Water bottles
- Waterproof sunscreen
- Sports drinks
- Bug repellent
- Elastic hair ties
- Spare practice shirts
- Healthy snacks (oranges, granola, crackers, etc)
It’s also a good idea to add a separate first aid kit to your duffle; keep the supplies in a separate bag so you can get to them in hurry. Your first-aid kit should include:
- Antibiotic cream
- Ace bandages/wraps
- Cold compresses
- Anti-itch cream
- Disinfecting wipes
- Hand sanitizer wipes
Find Something To Stay Occupied
You’re going to have a lot of downtime between helping the coaches and kids during practices, so be sure to bring a book or something else to keep you occupied.
Don’t forget to bring something for the younger kids with you. Football games and practices can only keep their attention for so long. Having a coloring book or game on your phone can keep your kids occupied and happy while they wait for their siblings to finish up.
Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you can easily pick up or put down. When you have something simple to keep yourself occupied, practices will fly by!
Did you get some ideas for awesome football apparel from this post? Let us help you bring them to life! Call our knowledgeable Product & Design Specialists at (800) 620-1233 and get your design started.
About the Author
A graduate of the Multimedia program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Imri Merritt is an industry veteran with over 10 years of graphic design and color separations experience in the screen printing industry.