Seriously, What Has Happened to Kids Sports Since We Were Young??

A Real-Life Account Of Children's Sports Then and Now

LaurenJane
6 min readAug 25, 2023
My oldest daughter shooting the game-winning hoop!

Back in the day, I would have been a soccer mom. That’s what we used to call the moms in minivans. They would tote their kids and the neighbor’s kids to and from soccer games. Maybe I was a naive kid back then, but it didn’t seem that bad. The soccer moms always looked stress-free and happy to me.

What a difference a few decades make. The role of the soccer mom has changed quite a bit. We now drive SUVs instead of minivans and we put a lot more miles on our vehicles. The biggest difference is that we are a lot more stressed and a lot less happy these days.

Is it me or have kids' sports drastically changed since we were kids?

Then

I grew up in the late 80s-early 90s and I can’t help but think that things were a lot simpler then. No cell phones. The Internet was just becoming a thing. I can still hear the AOL dial-up sound as I waited patiently for it to connect. No social media. We would play outside all day until the street lights turned on signaling it was time to go home.

Sports back then were altogether different. They weren’t competitive like they are now. They were a bunch of neighborhood kids getting together…

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LaurenJane

Nurse turned Freelance Writer! Health and Wellness Articles. Hoping to help us all improve our Physical, Emotional, and Mental Health! Proud Momma of 3 kiddos