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I have been a baseball mom for almost 6 years now. As my son has gotten older the commitment to baseball has grown as well. Don’t get me wrong I love being a baseball mom but it takes up a lot of our nights and weekends. Our oldest son is on two baseball teams one of which travels so there is ALWAYS a practice or a game going on. This doesn’t leave a lot of family time in the mix. I want to share some simple ways we have stolen some extra family time (or parent time) while hightailing it to a baseball “thing”.
Keeping the Parental Units in Contact
It’s tax season which means it is the perfect time to upgrade your plan, phone, and get all the data you deserve. Just the other day I stopped by my local Walmart’s electronic section and picked up the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone and a Starter Kit ($25). It’s in the no contract phone section.
The phone was only $99.00 (Rollback from $149.00). Quite a steal if I do say so myself! I love that it’s 4G LTE capable, has a 5″ qHD touchscreen, an 8MP camera, and an ultra power saving mode. The ultra power saving mode has been invaluable since we are always on the go!
While I love being a baseball mom I don’t always get to join in on the fun. We have two children and often their schedules conflict. This means one of us is on the go in the completely opposite direction of the other one or at home. Usually, my husband is doing the baseball thing while I’m getting our other son ready for bed and school the next day. Baseball practices tend to run late and I don’t need two cranky children in the mornings. One is bad enough!
Stealing Bonding Time at Practices
Depending on which team is practicing my husband can’t always help out. This leaves him twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines but thanks to the extra 10GB of 4G LTE data we can play online games together. While this isn’t an ideal way to spend time with my husband it’s better than nothing. Otherwise, I may see him for a few minutes before bedtime and I just can’t handle that.
Never Miss a Game
My husband works all day and then more often than not he has to go to a baseball “thing” directly after work. This leaves me missing his face, but thanks to this plan we can Skype to our hearts content. Sometimes I just have to SEE him and now I can. The best part is that I can also watch the games I might otherwise miss due to scheduling conflicts. We just connect when my son is up to bat and I get to see everything!
GPS and Music is Mandatory for Road Games
For the times my son has an out of town tournament being able to use GPS apps on our phone is invaluable. We don’t always have the best sense of direction and this helps us tremendously. We can also listen to our favorite music apps like iHeartRadio and Spotify. Being able to jam and sing along with the kids on a long car ride is a great way to spend some time together before hitting the fields. It’s fun to just goof off together!
Family Movie Night
As that wasn’t enough, besides the extra data there’s another reason the plan is called PLUS. You also get a free movie on VUDU every month ($7 value). A new release rental! So on those rare occasions when we have a baseball free day we can enjoy a movie together at home and get in that family time we deserve. We get all comfy and pry the kids away from their tablets, pop some popcorn, gather snacks, and watch a movie together in our media room. It’s so handy that our PS4 has a VUDU app. Makes watching movies a breeze! This is one of my favorites ways to spend time together. Even though there’s not a lot of talking just being in their presence makes me happy.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.