In the 80’s and 90’s most mom’s didn’t attend hockey practise, in fact most mom’s didn’t even show up for games….
At what point did it become a thing- that both parents attend everything; especially Hockey? Early morning practises/games/found raisers- forget it…(Right now, He’s in the IP program)
Don’t get me wrong- I love to see my kid play and try at any sport, however; I have two kids and sometimes its hard to be at everything all the time- It’s exhausting!
Here’s the deal… If the kid loves the game- Amazing!
But I don’t have too love it. Me being at every game is not going to determine how well my kid plays. Yes, one parent should be there for support (Especially when they’re small) …But if the kid loves the game- let them play a little without you.
Parents can be a huge distraction; yelling for your kid to score, skate…. parents yelling at the refs because you think they made bad calls, perhaps another kid pushed your kid into the boards- WHO CARES… This has always been a part of the game.
What’s changed about the game is the parents… I don’t want to take an online course about parent behaviour…. I don’t want to be schooled in hockey…. I pay a lot for my kid to be…
I want to show up once in a while; watch my kid have fun and carry on… Because you know what; my kid isn’t going to the NHL… Most aren’t.
If my kid loves it, and as he gets older and wants to play Triple A, wants to go to tournaments- I’ll happily drive him- drop him off and go shop. Because hockey is something he does for him (for fun), not for me. Watching him play is amazing, but with hockey running 2 to 4 times a week- I should feel no guilt if I show up once a week….(But I do)