Published on November 13th, 2012 | by Chrissie Collins
How Not To Be A Hockey Mom
I LOVE being a mom. Knowing that our little people need us just as much as we need them makes our world such a lovely place to be! Don’t get me wrong though, everything isn’t all peachy keen all the time. When children start to partake in organized activities, our peaceful lives go out the window. Let’s take hockey for an example. I’ve made a list of what NOT to do, to make your lives a little easier!
Who am I kidding? There is no way to avoid volunteering, no matter what our children are involved in. It gets harder the more children you have in different activities. As if you didn’t feel stretched already, but let’s face it: who else is going to do it? It’s important to know your limits and set your priorities, but it is also a great way to meet people, especially if you are new to town or shy!
NO 6 AM PRACTICES
Set the bar right away, although with scheduling multiple children, this one may be hard to avoid. If you do end up being on early duty, try to make the best of it. Surprise the parents on your team with a coffee pitcher to go from your favorite coffee establishment, it’s almost guaranteed that another parent will pick up the tab next time. It’s another great way to bond with the parents on the team, creating such a fun environment for the kids and the parents!
Good bye weekend! Seriously, I am not kidding. You spend half the time in the car traveling to and from the rinks. You get home only to have to go to game #2 after a quick bite. Don’t get me started on the out-of-town tournaments! The kids really enjoy these special times though, the greatest bonding happens here. Especially when you don’t have time to go home between games, the team will head out for a bite to eat and the kids share stories and jokes. They actually start to play better, the more they get to know each other.
NO EXTRA POWER SKATING
Money, money, money – Ice and instruction isn’t cheap. Time, time, time – now you are at the rink 3 plus times a week. The popularity of these programs is incredible, be prepared to register in June for the Fall/Winter session. But the skill development and self-confidence it brings to your child is priceless!
DON’T PLAY STREET HOCKEY WITH YOUR CHILD
Now why would you want to spend some quality time with your child? That sounds crazy, and who knows? You might have a superstar on your hands, and knowing you helped foster that spirit and talent with just your time will keep your heart warm for a lifetime!
Let’s face it, chances are your child will never make the NHL. The relationships and discipline that your child is exposed to over their years of involvement in this sport will help in the development of a well round young person. That is success in my book!