You love your little cheerleader. You support them no matter
what. Cheerleading has become a part of their life, and thus, it has filtered
into your daily schedule, conversations, interpersonal relationships, and more.
But, you know the drill. The season comes in waves, and–depending where you are
in the calendar year–your participation speeds up or slows down. And, that goes
double for competitive cheerleading parents! No matter if you’re new to the
cheerleading world, or your child has been cheerleading since the age they
could walk and talk, competition season puts a strain on parents
board. You know what we’re talking about.
1. Competition season virtually never
You might recall the first time you dropped your cheerleader at their first
ever competition season practice, but that was the start of this long time warp
you call your life now. The minute one season ends, another begins; the minute
one competition is in the books, another is on the horizon. Your life is
remarkably similar to the movie Groundhog’s
Day: the same season, with all of its responsibilities, keeps rolling
around again, and again, and again. Luckily, your child enjoys it and is
getting pretty dang good at it… otherwise you might’ve jumped ship a long time
2. Your juggling act has sped way, way
You’re a parent–you already juggle. Looking back mid-season, you probably
remember when your cheerleader joined a competitive team and you thought to
yourself, “Hey, I’ve mastered juggling my job, my [small amount of] hobbies,
and having a family… I can handle juggling the extra-curricular activities of
my children, too!” Boy, did you now know what you were signing up for with
competitive cheerleading. With long practices, community events, competitions
with long travel hours, and the endless hours talking about cheerleading with
your child, you’ve officially turned yourself into a ninja-level multitasker.
Kudos to you for keeping your sanity!
3. Emotions. So. Many. EMOTIONS.
Between your anxiety level and the stress that your cheerleader has on their
back, it’s enough to make anyone crack at any time. You’re stretched thin; your
cheerleader is physically, mentally, and psychologically pushed to the limit;
you’re hoping to God that your cheerleader’s team will at least PLACE at
competitions; you’re scared out of your wits watching your cheerleader’s
routine, hoping they don’t break themselves… with the determination behind any
competitive team, it’s hard to swallow your nerves and keep your emotions in
4. But, you also know that competitive
cheer has brought you closer together.
Bonding with your child is hard: as they grow older, the
minute that you think you have a handle on them, they change. They start liking
new things, watching new shows, hanging out with different kids. They also stop
wanting to have you around as much as they used to. With competitive
cheerleading, you have struck a common ground–a constant ground! They need you
for rides, for morale support, for an ear to vent to and a shoulder to cry on.
And, you’re more than happy to provide it–win or lose, season after season.
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