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.
Grab a friend and work on surviving hockey season together. Joining forces with a friend is really helpful if you don’t always have your ear to the ground re: programs, sign up deadlines etc.
For this hockey season, I teamed up with a good friend who has a son the same age as R. We found out about the hockey lessons and made sure our kids were signed up for the same session. Now our boys are able to play together and we (or our husbands) can hang out during the lessons.
Choose your Time Wisely
Think about what time works for you and your child when deciding which session to choose. Is your child super tired by the end of the day at school? If so, then evening lessons might not be the best idea. Also consider any other activities, which may conflict with the games and lessons.
Get a Good Coffee Machine
Many lessons and practices take place in the morning. A good coffee machine is essential to make getting through the morning easier and surviving hockey season without going bananas. In addition, it can get really cold in the hockey arena especially when you’re sitting in the stands watching.
Be a Good Hockey Parent
This tip is very important. Your children are playing hockey to have fun, get exercise, learn new skills and make new friends. It’s fair to say that the likelihood that your son or daughter will make it into the NHL one day is pretty slim. All of this is about them – not about you.
The other day, at one of my son’s hockey lessons, a mom broke this rule. That morning there were around 30 kids on the ice, all of whom were around the same age – between 4 and 7. These are all little kids not NHL draft picks. As I was watching, this mother stood up and started yelling at her child to hustle and get moving.
I was so surprised that this mom would yell at her child to go faster and work harder when most of the kids on the ice could barely move an inch on the ice with all of their gear, masks etc.
Because there have been so many issues between hockey parents, coaches, referees and officials, it is mandatory for one parent from each family to complete an official Skate Canada online course on sportsmanship (otherwise known as “how not to be a jerk”) before your child can step foot on the rink.
Hopefully having parents take this course will help them act a bit more graciously.
Stay Out of the Drama
Whenever kids are involved, drama often follows. Whether the issue is which child is on which team or who plays which position there will be parents who disagree or want something to change. My suggestion – just stay out of it. Your child’s jersey colour isn’t important and if he/she is a part of team A, B, C or D it doesn’t matter either. As long as the kids are having a good time that’s all that matters.
Make Sure your Child is Having Fun
I saved the most important tip for last. Again, this is about your kids – not about you. If your kids are having fun and feeling good about their accomplishments, it doesn’t matter if they score a goal or never get off the bench.Bring your patience and other helpful tips for surviving hockey season #boymom #hockeymom Click To Tweet
I hope you find these ideas helpful. Here’s to surviving hockey season and making it to soccer season in one piece!
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