I signed Lottie up for Lil Kickers at 18 months. Not because I want her to be the next great soccer player, but because this girl is full of energy and Lil kickers gets her moving.
At 18 months you can’t just release your little one on the field and sit back and watch. You have to get your game face on and join them on the field. You grab their hand and run with them during the red light/green light games and you sit with them on the colorful dots as the coach explains the next activity.
You carry them when they refuse to run any more, and you pick them up when they face plant because they missed the ball. You wave the parachute in the air as they run under it, and laugh at them as they attempt hand eye coordination after only being alive for 18 months.
So what’s it like at Lil Kickers with a 18 month old?
It’s a lot of chaos.
but It’s a lot of fun.
You will sometimes (very rarely) actually kick a ball.
You run a lot. In all directions, in circles, backwards… everywhere.
There is sometimes whining.
Sometimes they stand on the wrong side of the goal.
You will carry your kid when they don’t want to run.
Sometimes you will be more out of breath than your little one.
There is not a lot of listening… or following directions.
Sometimes the field markers end up on their heads.
You will make new best friends and leave with lots of smiles.
Overall you need to go into Lil Kickers with only one expectation, to have fun. If you do this, it will be a success every time.