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    Hello Fellow Soccer Moms

    I wish I was a mom that enjoyed being on the field. I went on Saturday to support my son during his first game of the season and I ended up with a two-day migraine. Baking in the sun does not work with my body. I don’t know what I am watching. I could barely figure out what side our goal was on. I didn’t know what kind of things to call out. Both kids were wearing a shade of blue… so I couldn’t even call out, “Go Blue!” So, what did I do? I just sat there and caught up with my grandmother.

    Of course, I wanted my son’s team to win. Of course, I enjoyed it when he was on the field. It was actually his best game YET. I was proud of him. He really pushed himself. I acknowledged all of that after it was over. But I thought about all the parents out there who spend an entire day on the field because they have multiple children in multiple sports and I just couldn’t imagine it. I mean, I literally wouldn’t do it. 

    I grew up with no sports in my life. It’s not an excuse – but I don’t have any passion for it. I watch because Liam loves it. I watch because I love Liam. But…. if it rained every Saturday for the next 14 weeks, I wouldn’t be upset. What does that say about it? I’m a horrible person. I know. But I’m also an honest person. I just don’t like being on the field. I am not defined by my son’s jersey. I don’t need my son’s jersey to meet friends. I already have some pretty solid girls in my life. It’s an hour of fun for him and I support that – but it stops there. Another motherly duty I suppose.

    Sometimes I feel like I am the only one that feels this way. My town is so OBSESSED with sports OMG. NYC is just nothing like where I live. Astoria doesn’t even have a soccer field. LOL! I think we got our first track when I was in high school. We had tennis courts but you had to pay to use them and be a member of a club. Or at least that’s what my mother told me.

    It was basketball and wall ball. That’s all I ever knew. No one ever went jogging or cycling or played lacrosse. I literally didn’t even know that sport existed until 10 years ago. When I first heard about lacross, I was like….” la what?????????”

    I am a slow learner. This is all so far removed from who I am. It’s good that my kids are into it though. I acknowledge the benefits of the team sport. I truly do. Caleb will probably end up playing more because we have grown comfortable with this new way of living. Yes, I have to do this all over again when my third child grows up. I guess if I wasn’t doing this on an early Saturday morning, I would be driving out East with my husband sightseeing. There are no lazy Saturdays in my household. I can’t ever just lay on the couch and exist at home. Someone always has something and when we don’t, then Bill kicks in. So, I guess I will take the field for the fall because it will save me from 4-hour car rides to nowhere. Who knows? Maybe by game four, I will figure out which side of the field I should be rooting for…

    Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.