Being a hockey mom can be really fulfilling, but it can also be very stressful at the same time. While you want to be there as much as you can for your child, in some cases, juggling hockey with work and other obligations can seem impossible. However, with a few logistical tips, anyone can become a pro hockey mom in no time. Here are a few tips on how to achieve just that.
Make Sure the Hockey Bag is Fresh Always
If you’ve dealt with a hockey bag before, let me give you a scoop. They stink. Really bad. No matter their age, hockey players work up quite a sweat during practice games and the smell is amplified tenfold when hockey clothes stay in the bag for long periods of times. You should make sure that you wash your kid’s hockey gear after each game and practice session. Also, make sure that you air out the bag as often as possible. In the case of hockey skates, make sure that you remove the insole each time your kids use them, as this will prevent fungi from growing and causing unpleasant smells.
Teach Your Kids How to Put Their Equipment on and Off on Their Own
Having to dress your kids up at every game and practice can be extremely strenuous. Putting equipment on and taking it off is something your kids can easily learn on their own. Teaching kids how to put their equipment on will take a lot of pressure off your back and will teach them how to be more independent.
Speaking of independence, if your child is old enough to play hockey then they should be old enough to carry their own bags. Teach them to be responsible and carry their own equipment; this will make things much easier for you.
Get some Waxed Laces
If your kid is going to use their skates often, you should consider investing in waxed laces. Skates need to be laced extremely tight and with regular laces, you’ll have to retighten them multiple times during a game or practice. The beauty of waxed laces is that they stay tight much longer because of the friction wax offers. Waxed laces are one of the best investments you can make as a hockey mom.
Teach your Children how to be Good Sports
Good sportsmanship is essential in the sport of hockey. Tempers can flare quite easily and by teaching proper etiquette, you will prevent incidents on and off theice. Teach them to show respect to the winning team, support their teammates after losses, and no trash talking.
As parents, you should set a proper example as well. You don’t want to be the hockey parent from hell who yells at referees, scolds other teams’ children, or plays coach from the stands. Keep proper decorum and don’t get too caught up in the action; it’s just a game after all.
Hockey should remain fun for you and your children and never feel like a chore. With the few tips in this article, you should be able to alleviate some of the burden and enjoy your time as a hockey mom. But above all, teach your kids how to be responsible and respectable hockey players on and off the ice, and don’t forget to lead by example at all times.