10 Ways to Balance Sports and Family Life - Page 3
8. Make sure your children have a social life!
Young people shouldn't spend all of their time in organized sports and studying. Without the companionship of friends, a young person's life simply isn't complete. Encourage your child to find time to hang out with friends to achieve balance in life.
9. Keep a master schedule.
Putting a "command center" in your kitchen or family room is a great way to have a snapshot of how busy your family is, and what your commitments are. Using one master calendar ensures smooth scheduling and no confusion about where anyone is. By keeping a master schedule, it allows everyone to respect each other's time and commitments.
10. Don't let the sports interests of one child dominate the lives of any other children.
An easy trap to fall into is letting one child's more focused interest in a sport overcome the lives of the other children in the family. One example is the boy playing on a club baseball team, whose family travels with him every weekend for months for games and tournaments. The siblings may grow to resent the frequent travel and feel that their lives are dominated by the game schedule. Be sure that there is not excessive focus on one child at the expense of any others.
Each of the 10 ideas above could warrant it's own article, but these tips should provide a starting point for thinking about how to approach keeping that balance of work, play, sports, and general family happiness working.