10 ways to get your little athlete moving when you're racing the clock


Your child’s game is in an hour, but he’s not even close to being ready. You’re still looking under beds for his baseball cleats and his glove might (hopefully) be in the toy chest.

Don’t stress. Local experts share their best tips for getting you out the door and where you need to be on time.

1. Make a daily itinerary. Know what and when things are going on and when you should leave so you can get there on time, said Omaha mom Tiffany Costello, 28.

2. Wake up early enough to get other tasks out of the way, Costello said. The mother of four said when you get things done early, the kids won’t be in the way and life won’t be so hectic.

3. Review the practice and game schedules as soon as you receive them, said Brandon Palmer, 35, the Salvation Army Kroc Center’s director of sports and recreations.

4. Post the schedule. Place it “in a visual area so that everyone in the household (can see it) and knows what is going on,” Palmer said.

5. Be proactive. Palmer said: It is important to call coaches ahead of time when weather becomes a conflict. Call and ask where the practice will be held if there is a change or if it is cancelled all together.

6. Plan meals ahead of time. Whitney Ceas, 26, a registered dietitian at Hy-Vee said, “plan ahead by having things ready for the next day or by picking foods that are easy to grab such as fruit (bananas, peaches, plums) or nuts and nut butters that you can put on apples.”

7. Pair a snack with protein. Ceas said, “that will help keep them full. For example, peanut butter and apple slices or celery sticks, the grab and go ones do just fine but if you make your own remember to use portion size.”

8. Prepare the night before. Palmer said to “have all the gear in a bag and ready to go.”

9. Designate a specific spot in the child’s bedroom for the uniform, said Amy Tokos, 43, of Freshly Organized. “Don’t spread (sports gear) through out the entire room.”

10. Teamwork between both parents helps, said Costello. It is important to be on the same page with everyone in the family and to help each other out.

READ MORE: Check out an electronic version of Momaha Magazine’s August issue below. In it, you’ll find ways to get your kids involved in organized sports, the benefits of being an active family, learn how to multi-task and get to the game on time.

Cover photo: Addie Leinen shows her perfect form handling a fly ball at a Creighton baseball youth clinic June 15, 2013. JAMES R. BURNETT/THE WORLD-HERALD

Shauna Brayman, 22, is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student interning for momaha this summer.

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