Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for Rip-It. All thoughts expressed are my own.
I had no idea that becoming a mom to three boys would be so life altering. I thought motherhood was something totally different. Playing house as a child and the reality of raising children – completely different. I wasn’t playing dress up with my babies for fun, but rather because there was a constant issue of soiled outfits, diaper blowouts and spit up. The only thing that has changed is my boys aren’t in diapers. I am still scrubbing soiled pants but these days it’s to get out grass stains. They still throw balls in the house, slide down the hallway on their knees and break stuff. My one dream in becoming a mom that I will not give up, is the special bond with my children.
We began the journey of baseball when our oldest (Aiden) was five. Our forever “I’m bored” child needed something to occupy his time and we felt that tee ball might be a good place to start. Now if your child plays any sport you will quickly find that the real practice happens outside of traditional team practice. Aiden met with his team twice a week for practice. He learned enough to get the basics down. What he needed next was one-on-one practice. We spent our afternoons playing catch and hitting off a tee in the backyard.
Our backyard became a sacred place, a place where the real work is done. I quickly learned that as a boy mom I would have to roll up my sleeves, pick up a glove and talk baseball with my three boys. I learned to shag balls and watch timing on swings. Baseball became more than a sport for us, it became a time for bonding. My boys often come home from school and beg me to rush through making dinner. They want me to become part of their team and spend time with them. I could have never guessed ten years ago that baseball would be the tie that binds us. The bond between mother and son would form from the most special moments in a backyard with a bat, ball and glove.
I don’t know what type of family we would be without baseball. Would we be less connected? Would our afternoons be filled with boredom? What I do know is that baseball has added another facet to bonding with my children. It’s inspiring to see my children fall in love with a sport and dedicate so much time to honing their skills.
Join me on this journey as a Rip-It ambassador and bonding with my boys one baseball at a time. I’d love to hear your tips as well.
From the beginning, RIP-IT was founded on the idea of creating high performance baseball and softball equipment, as well as providing exceptional customer service. While RIP-IT has grown many times larger since its birth in the Polstein’s garage, it continues to stick to the core values it created back then. The team at RIP-IT is now made up of nearly twenty in-house team members and over thirty support members. With a workplace that feels more like a Silicon Valley startup than a sporting goods office, RIP-IT is constantly researching new ways to improve the athletic experience for baseball and softball players worldwide.
— Michelle Cantu (@AThriftyDiva) February 11, 2015