Click through the gallery to learn 10 tips and reminders that will help you muddle through this beautiful, chaotic, and trying season of kids' sports.
Each spring brings with it warmer and longer days, brightly colored, fragrant flowers popping through the thawed ground and the music of the birds returning home. It is a perfect season, full of promise and hope. Most people embrace it after the long, harsh winter, but if you have children who play sports, spring is full of some other things too. It promises longer practices and fluctuating game schedules, smelly uniforms popping up all over your house (except, of course, for the one you need right now) and the shrill sounds of crazy parents screaming from the sidelines. With five kids -- each one slightly over-scheduled, making for a really over-scheduled family –- I look at this season like I did the third trimester of pregnancy. It is just something I have to power through. My goal is not to actually enjoy it, but rather to get to summer without losing my mind, my dignity, or worse -- my perspective.