Sometimes, it’s hard to step outside of your shell. Your kids are your life, and
you already have your own core group of friends that you see occasionally in
between your daily mom duties. With any team sport, parents have to work
together in order to ensure athletes arrive on time, are taken care of, and
most importantly, have fun doing the sport they signed up for. Cheerleading is
even more burdening when it comes to the parent’s role: between the
performances, the fundraisers, the practices, the clinics, the travel time, and
the costs, cheer parents get put through the ringer a little more than the
average team parent.
And, cheer moms are a special kind of sport mom–to say the
least! Fueled with an undeniable, undying devotion to cheerleading, cheer moms
are in it to win it. So, what happens when your child joins a new team,
made a cheer team for the first time? Other cheer moms might seem a little
intimidating when you’re a newbie to the roster. Although intense, team moms
mean well, there are ways to break through their fierce exterior. Whether
you’re brand new to the team, or a returning parent trying to welcome
newcomers, here are three mom mixer ideas to get to know your fellow
1. Wine night.
Let’s face it–every
woman loves wine night. Offer to host a wine and cheese night at your house, or
propose a wine and paint excursion at a local venue! If you aren’t a big
drinker, then offer artisan non-alcoholic options as substitutes, like a
blackberry spritzer with real blackberries or homemade strawberry lemonade!
Choose to incorporate something social, even if it’s at the house, like
watching an award show or playing a game.
2. Poker night.
And along those
lines, why not have a full-fledged poker night? Poker nights are traditionally
seen as a ‘guy thing’ to do, so invite other cheer moms to challenge the gender
norms by dressing casually, leave the kids and significant other at home, bet a
little, and even bust out the cigars! You don’t even have to wager actual
money: ante up with team duties, old cheer gear
your cheerleader doesn’t use
anymore, or chaperoning future team events. The more creative spin you put on
an oldie, but goodie activity will get guests interested in attending and have
a great time while they are there.
3. Sunday brunch.
weekend roles around, there’s a moment in the back of your mind that whispers, “This
is it. This Sunday is finally going to be the Sunday you put everything on the
back-burner for an adult brunch. In public. With other adults. At a restaurant.
Just for an hour.” And, by Saturday night, you’re thinking, “Tomorrow is wake
up the kids. Go to church. Go back home and change. Drop one off at soccer. The
other one goes with me to Target…” Before you know it, your whole next day is
planned before you go to sleep the night before and, guess what? There’s no
Well, that happens to EVERY mom–including all the ones on the
cheer team. So, be everyone’s hero by putting it on the official cheer
calendar! It’s easier said than done, but you owe it to yourself for doing so
much, 24/7. The other cheer moms will thank you!
What are other mixer ideas for cheer
moms? Share how you bonded with other team parents in the comments!