I'm one of those moms who stays at the soccer field during practice. Since I have two young ones always with me, I use the time to play with them at the field. We bring all kinds of balls and some books for downtime. I find we pass the time well together.
My peaceful alone time with the kids is in jeopardy now. I'm being followed by a soccer mom stalker! I like to be friendly and polite when approached by other moms. Now I think my friendliness may be my downfall at the field. Being the only mom available, this "stalker" seems to want to be my shadow. The other moms either drop off their kids or hide out in minivans. At the first couple of practices in the fall, I politely listened as this mom went on and on with one gossip topic after another. She would follow me all over the field. No matter where I would set up camp, I could count on being discovered by her. Even if I'm kicking a ball around with my kids, she is there right beside me. I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I think I need some breathing room. My kids are starting to get annoyed and cranky when she shows up. Oh, if only a new soccer mom would step up to the plate and take this "field friendship" over! I dread when I see her minivan pull up at the field parking lot. Any advice on how to get out of this stalking relationship? It is going to be a long season!