Hockey Mom – two words put together that I never thought would be applied to me. I hate the cold, am not a good skater, and love to sleep in. None of those things fit well with the early mornings at the arena.or getting out to skate with the kids. But as of last winter my house has been filled with skates, helmets and hockey sticks. I have come up with the Top 5 Tips to Survive Hockey Season.
Inviting hockey into your life does make things busy, but even I will admit it is rewarding as well. Seeing Monkey out on the ice learning new skills, building his confidence and being part of a team is priceless. But that doesn’t mean that that there are times when it all feels a bit crazy. Here are some ways to prepare for hockey season’s worst, to ensure it’s the best.
Tips for Surviving the Hockey Season
1) Develop a routine – Because the hockey season is so busy, establishing a scheduled routine is key. This includes balancing school, homework, practice and games. Make sure the hockey bag is packed ahead of time and coordinate carpool schedules if you can. Take the pressure off you, and give your child the responsibility of managing their own hockey bag. Even at 6 years old Monkey is responsible to making sure he has everything he needs when we head out the door. A small checklist might be helpful in guiding them for what they need to pack.
2) Banish smelly gear – It’s always surprising how such a big smell can come from a small kid! Hockey equipment is bound to collect sweat when your kid is skating their heart out on the ice so make sure you stop odors before they start. First, air out all equipment after each use. Do not – I repeat, do not – leave everything in a zipped up hockey bag! Second, regularly wash items that can be machine washed. Use a detergent that’s up to the challenge such as OxiCleanTM HD Liquid Laundry Detergent and Arm & HammerTM Plus OxiCleanTM Cold Water Power Paks – get rid of the smells and the stains together.
3) Maintain a positive attitude – The reason we take part in hockey is for Monkey to have FUN! Whether it’s a “win” or “lose” in the end, each game teaches your child how to work as a team and participate in friendly competition. While we want him to try his best we don’t take things to seriously. Don’t put too much pressure on results focus on skill development and having fun.
4) Get to know your fellow hockey parents – You are going to be spending a lot of time at the arena, it is a good idea to get to know your new “family”. Creating a network of other parents can add a fun social element to the experience for you. Plus, it’s a great way to stay connected and easily be able to coordinate carpools and call-in a last minute favour if you can’t make a practice.
5) Make some memories – As much you might groan about early morning practices and driving to games, too soon kids will be out of the house all together. Use this time to make some memories – before hockey chats on the way to the arena or after hockey breakfast runs are the stuff memories are made of. Create a pre or post hockey tradition for you and your child to share.
What are your tips for surviving the hockey season?
To help ensure you’re ready, pick up some great hockey season essentials for at home and on the road games:
- OxiCleanTM HD Liquid Laundry Detergent
- Tide Pods Plus Febreze Odor Defense
- Arm & Hammer Baking Soda