Friday Feature: Paige Tanner

Friday Feature: Paige Tanner

Hi! I’m 32, mom to Maximus (4) and Scarlett (3) and wife to my husband Nathan, who has been a head football coach for 10 years. I stay at home with the kids and we all love playing the role of a coaches family!

What is your favorite part of this lifestyle?

  • Favorite part of this lifestyle would have to be all the love we receive from the community. Having young kids in this line of work is truly special. The love we have received as been a true blessing. Not to mention all the messages my husband has received from past boys and the impact he has had on their young adult lives.
What is your LEAST favorite part of this lifestyle?
  • My least favorite part would have to be the social media criticism. That can be really hard to see (even with a winning record and going to the state championship last year!)
What is one item you can't live without that makes this life easier?
  • Something that I can’t live without during season would have to be my oversized wagon that I can either fit both kids in or the crockpot to drop off at the coaches office. I literally just fill that baby up with all the game day necessities for the night!
What is your go to concession stand order or must have snack?
  • Well, the kids have to have peanut M&Ms and I’m going for the loaded hotdog or a warm coffee for the cool games.
What is the craziest thing you have survived due to this lifestyle?
  • Two seasons ago, I lost my younger sister mid-football season (with a 2&3 y/o). That was definitely the hardest time of my life, but it was also very comforting to be in the middle of the football season because I guess you could say it’s a “comfort” time of year for us. Cheering for our team and keeping the kids engaged in the season helped me personally continue through the day and deal with my grief.
What is one thing you would go back and tell your younger self?
  • I would tell myself that it’s okay to lower my expectations during the season. It’s okay to just get by when you have two toddlers and your husband is the head coach of a 60+ player team. The kids are completely happy to eat snacks for dinner multiple times a week during season. And it doesn’t make me a bad mom. We get by how we can and are all happy in the process.
Connect with Paige on Instagram @paigeytanner or on Facebook Paige Elise Tanner
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