Two soccer moms’ sweet sideline solution

What do you do when you’re famous, outspoken activists who fight injustice and for human rights? (Also, one of you happens to be an Olympic soccer player.) But you’re also soccer moms?

Bring lollipops to the soccer pitch! That’s the solution Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach suggested in a recent Instagram post. The lollipops are to remind them to keep their mouths closed when their daughter is playing because to quote the post, “…[t]hings, in general, are less fun to do when bigger people scream at you the entire time you do them.”

Doyle begins her post by asking parents to check their shirt at the beginning of the game: “If your shirt says one of the following words: “Coach” Or “Referee” – feel free – throughout the game – to yell coachy or referee-ish things. If you do not see these words on your shirt: hush, mostly.”

Great advice. We expect to see a lot of parents with lollipops in their mouths this soccer season.

Soccer Mom 101: 1. When your kid’s game begins: sit down. Get cozy. Look down and check your shirt carefully. 2. If your shirt says one of the following words: “Coach” Or “Referee” – feel free – throughout the game- to yell coachy or referee-ish things. If you do not see these words on your shirt: hush, mostly. 3. This will be surprisingly difficult. Especially if one of you is an Olympic Soccer Player and the other one of you is a Bat Shit Crazy Mama Bear Who Truly Believes that Every Ten Year Old Opponent Who Touches Her Daughter’s Jersey Intends To Kill Her Daughter Dead. 4. SO. Since you cannot be trusted: Bring lollipops. Put the pops in your loud obnoxious mouths as soon as you sit down on the sideline. Let the pops serve as a reminder to you that children are dropping out of sports in record numbers – largely because their parents are behaving like asshats on the sidelines in record numbers. Because Things, in general, are less fun to do when bigger people scream at you the entire time you do them. 5. So Let the kids play. Let the coaches coach. Let the refs ref. You parent- which means yell nothing but yay and good hustle and you got this and good idea and maybe the occasional offside! These seem to be soccer evergreen safe things to yell. 5. Bring lollipops for all the other soccer parents. They’ll think you’re sweet but you’re really just quite tricky and wise and forever on the kids’ side. 6. OFFSIDE!!!!!!! #soccermoms

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One response to “Two soccer moms’ sweet sideline solution

  1. Bang on! Thank you for offering a (possible) solution to this problem, but mainly for speaking out about this issue and spreading the word (in a pretty nice way) to try and reach those parents who behave in ways that can cause kids to drop out of sport, and that can lead to aggressive and inappropriate behaviours and confrontations at kids’ events where they (and the fans) are supposed to be having fun!

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