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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jack of all trades, master of none? Haha not if you're a cheer mom!

When I accepted the job of cheer mom, how could I have imagined the extensive job description I had just walked into? I mean, it's third grade flag cheer, how hard could it be? All you gotta do is give up 8 Saturday mornings a year to go watch the girls jump around and look cute, right? So here we are five years later, and as the mother to a lifetime committed cheer freak, I have honed my skills and talents to near perfection.

The obvious one, of course, is chauffer. I drive a minivan that I lovingly refer to as my cheer taxi. A typical cheer day for me, leave work, drive 30 miles to her school where she is practicing for her school team, and then drive another 30 miles the opposite direction to her gym for tumbling or all-stars. There's football games during the week. Weekend all-star practices. Fundraising events. Parades. Out of town competitions.

She cheers, I pay. And pay. All-stars is not cheap. Tuition, uniforms, shoes, practice wear, bows, bags, warm-ups, t-shirts, entrance fees to games and competitions, hotels, gas for the cheer taxi, private tumbling lessons...now you understand why I work overtime! National Bank of Cheer Mom.

Seamstress. How excited I was last year when my daughter's all-star uniform came...but, wait, it's missing the stars. No problem, I know someone who can sew these on. Except she couldn't, she never got the time. So what do I do? Good idea, I'll procrastinate! Come Friday before a Sunday competition, and my daughter's sleeves are still starless. So I break out my sewing kit and...sew the darn stars on myself, and I'll go ahead and tell ya...there was language.

Did you know being a cheer mom you get experience in physical therapy? When my daughter injured her ankle, who do you think sat with her every night doing her rehab exercises? Coaching and encouraging her that yes, baby, I know it hurts but you can do it, just a few more.

Hair and makeup artist. Now this is a big one! This takes planning and strategy. Hair starts the night before, it gets washed and rolled. We stop when we get close to the competition to get ready, cuz you gotta be ready when you get there. So we eat, then get her into uniform. The hair gets unrolled, put in a ponytail and then re-rolled because her hair won't hold a curl, so the rollers stay in until warm-ups. Makeup and glitter next, and eye glitter is a work of art!

Yes, being a cheer mom requires more skills that one would think. The salary earned though, when I watch my baby girl out on that floor, doing what she loves, I feel like a bazillionaire!

3 comments:

michaelise said...

You nailed it on the head! My cheerleaders hair doesn't curl either.

Great blog!

Indy Cheer Mom said...

National Bank of Cheer Mom :) Very true. Love the blog!

Cheer Moms Lisa said...

I love it! All I have to say is thank goodness she has a hair piece, because all the glue in the world won't keep a curl in that kid's head!

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