I don’t enjoy labels, pigeon-holing, and stereotyping in general, but after ten years of motherhood, I’m pretty sure I’ve become what they call a “soccer mom.”
My children attend two different schools (that’s two sets of dropping off and picking up, two PTAs, two sets of fund-raisers…). Two are playing soccer this fall (that’s two different sets of practices and games). Two are taking piano lessons. One’s a cub scout, and another will be soon (did I mention I’m the “den mother”?). And I’m just getting started on all of this business. Imagine how much worse it will be in five more years. By then my four children will attend at least three different schools, and I don’t even want to think about how many activities they’ll be involved in, even if I keep it to a bare minimum.
I know I signed up for this when I started having babies, and I mostly don’t mind shuttling them around, especially to activities that I deem worthwhile. It’s the “hurry up, grab a granola bar for dinner, where are your shin guards?” that I don’t enjoy. Also, I don’t really want to be called a “soccer mom.” Is that just me? When you hear that label, what do you think of? Does anyone else think it’s not entirely positive?