Who loves hockey season? Raise your hand! Personally, I will not be joining you on this hockey love fest. Yes I am a proud Canadian. Yes, I love my child and seeing him happy but still, I could live without all the hockey all the time from September until May. To make surviving hockey season a bit easier, I’ve come up with a few tips that have helped me deal with the longest season of the year:
Sign up Early
I think we signed my son up for hockey in April. If you don’t sign your child up early, you’re going to face disappointment. Hockey lessons and teams fill up super quickly especially in Toronto. Look into programs in your neighborhood early on, jot down the timelines and make note of the email addresses. Make sure you’re ahead of the game so you and your child don’t miss out.
Bring your Patience
Having patience is important in every aspect of surviving hockey season. Signing up for lessons and teams can be very frustrating since often the facilitators don’t email or call back and/or don’t set out the sign up instructions online.
Getting the equipment is time consuming (and expensive), getting your kid dressed up in all of the gear can be challenging and then getting him/her on the ice with a smile on his/her face is stressful!
All of this aside, seeing your son/daughter with all of the oversized equipment smile and wave from the ice is adorable.