This morning as I was taking Hanna to school I realized there was a permission slip in her backpack.

Preschool Soccer.

(yes, another bad mommy moment ~ the backpack’s been on the hook since Thursday and I just opened it this morning ~ sue me.)

*sigh* We saw this permission slip last year, and it was a pretty easy answer for us. No. She had just turned 4, and we felt she was just too young. However, this year, things have changed a little bit, she’s a little older and now I find myself debating the merits.

Here’s my pros:

She gets to play soccer with her friends.

She gets to run and play and be active.

She gets to learn about team work.

She gets to learn about what it means to be part of a team. (ie you have to be there)

She gets to travel around the state and see new things, and experience new things.

Here’s my cons:

I don’t know if she likes soccer or if she’s going to be willing to play every Saturday morning.

I don’t know if I’m going to be willing to drive 40 miles on a Saturday morning to take her to a game. The games are not in one central location, but all over the southern part of our state

I don’t know if she is ready to learn about being part of  a team.

I don’t know if she’s old enough to really get into team sports.

I don’t know the coaches and their attitudes toward team sports.

Well, it looks like my cons are all about the fact I don’t know much about this topic at all. :) As a first time mom I really have no idea when is a good time to start her in team sports. I don’t know if it’s time for her to start learning  “you said you would, you need to do it” lessons early on a Saturday morning when she doesn’t feel like going to play soccer. I just don’t know. I did ask her if she wants to play soccer and she said “yes” but does she really understand what all “playing soccer” means? I don’t know.

Maybe there’s a part of me that just isn’t ready for her to be old enough, big enough to play soccer yet. I’d love to hear from you moms who have been there and done that. What should I think about, and consider when making this decision, and am I over thinking it way too much?! (NAH… I NEVER do that) ;) Please, help a mama out. Share your thoughts on this subject in the comments… please. :)

Thanks Martha_Chapa95 for this awesome picture!

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