Recently my youngest daughter came home from school with a form for Saturday morning soccer. She was so excited, I couldn’t say no when she asked to play. After 11 years of parenting, I was finally going to be a soccer mum!
Getting ready to play soccer has taken time. The early morning practice and game times have been a challenge for my morning sloth. One thing I’ve learnt over the course of this experience is that an hour of running back and forward over a field, on cold winter mornings makes for a grumpy six year old. They may enjoy kicking the ball around, but not when their hands are freezing and their little bodies are running out of steam.
I was recently invited by Nestlé to review their MILO powder product and I received two tins as part of the review. At our next soccer game, I stood at the side-line with a Thermos of MILO. Our early morning had been pretty rushed. She had eaten breakfast but I hadn’t. I enjoyed a cup of MILO as I watched the practice. Served hot, it helped keep my hands warm while tasting great too.
After practice, Miss Six joined me on the side and I offered her a cup as well. It helped warm her up too. She told me it was delicious and I felt like her active wee body would benefit from a nourishing boost.
Player of the day
After the game, she was named “Player of the Day”, which made her burst with joy! She isn’t the strongest player on the field, but I believe that playing a sport isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about having fun. It’s about learning how to be on a team, and to be a good sport. Most of all, it’s about setting yourself up for a lifetime of healthy choices. As she plays, she gets to take safe risks, and find out about the functional power in her body.
While MILO may not have made her a star soccer player, I’m sure it helped her stay warm and gave her a nutritional boost. When you add MILO to milk you get more protein, calcium, vitamin D and iron.
Does your child play weekend sport? How do you cope with those cold early mornings in winter? Join our discussion in the comments below.
This article was written by Kym Moore. Kym was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. These views are the personal views of Kym and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.
Kym is a working mum of two, and occasional blogger. Fancies herself a writer, when she isn’t editing her kids’ vlogs or running their social media at Baby Likes Cake. Follow them on Facebook and YouTube.
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