Tips to skate through hockey season

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Skates, helmets and tournaments – oh my, it must hockey season! Between driving your hockey superstar to endless practices, organizing fundraisers and maintaining equipment, there’s no denying that being a hockey parent is a busy – and rewarding – job. The team camaraderie is infectious and seeing your little one’s determination on the ice is priceless.

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Here are some ways to prepare for hockey season’s worst, to ensure it’s the best:

1) Develop a routine: Because the hockey season is so busy, establishing a scheduled routine is important. This includes making time for homework between school and practice, ensuring the hockey bag is packed ahead of time and coordinating carpool schedules. Family and individual calendars are great for tracking who needs to be where and when.

Pro tip: create a check-list for your child to follow so they can learn to manage their own time and ensure they’re well prepared to hit the ice.

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 off 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. Nothing good every comes from doing that! Second, regularly wash items that can be machine washed.

Pro tip: 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.

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3) Maintain a positive attitude: The number one goal (pun intended!) for your child during hockey season should be 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. These important life values are the true prize at the end of the season!

4) Get to know your fellow hockey parents: 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: Your before hockey advice and after hockey breakfast runs are the stuff memories are made of.

Pro Tip: Create a pre or post hockey tradition for you and your son or daughter to share!

What are your tips for surviving the hockey season?

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Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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19 comments… add one
  • Amy C Nov 7, 2016, 6:38 pm

    Be prepared

  • Amanda Fontaine Nov 4, 2016, 1:06 pm

    I have never personally had to deal with Hockey Season but my girlfriend always has snacks ready to grab and go and has extra clothes just incase theyre needed.

  • Heidi c. Nov 4, 2016, 1:40 am

    Keep a calendar of practices and games and dress warmly!

  • Jennifer P. Nov 2, 2016, 2:34 pm

    My tip for surviving hockey season would be to develop a hockey “family” with the other parents so you can share driving, snacks, coffee runs etc.

  • Cheryl MacPhail Nov 1, 2016, 12:05 pm

    Since I am not a hockey fan I would have to say to stay inside nice and warm watching it on the TV!! lol

  • Juliee Fitze Oct 28, 2016, 2:25 pm

    Write everything on the calendar and bring lots of snacks.

  • lori butler Oct 27, 2016, 6:42 am

    I make up some breakfast wraps so that they can be easily heated up and taken on the go.

  • Tanis Oct 26, 2016, 10:21 pm

    Get plenty of rest to keep up with the busy season!

  • Nicole Jubleew Oct 26, 2016, 9:43 pm

    Meet up with a hockey mom buddy so that you have someone to chat with during practices.

  • Karla Sceviour Oct 26, 2016, 7:25 pm

    Make sure everyone,including yourself,is getting plenty of sleep,,and dress warm!!!

  • Judy Cowan Oct 26, 2016, 1:42 pm

    Use a calendar to stay organized with all the dates for practices/games etc. And lots of coffee!

  • ivy pluchinsky Oct 26, 2016, 12:08 pm

    My best tips is bring warm clothes and lots of coffee

  • Tara Betterley Oct 26, 2016, 11:02 am

    Be well organized. – Make sure you carry lots of Powerade and Small snacks (Granola bars) to help them after they are off the ice to replenish themselves.

  • Amber Y Oct 26, 2016, 10:45 am

    Making breakfasts that can be taken on the go can be a big help.

  • Stephanie LaPlante Oct 26, 2016, 9:35 am

    My tips are to take your vitamins, get your flu shot and drink lots of coffee.

  • Florence Cochrane Oct 26, 2016, 4:47 am

    My tip is to make sure all the hockey gear fits probably and is up to code. Keep it hung to dry after using and wash what is possible to wash often.

  • Jonnie Oct 25, 2016, 8:53 pm

    My tips are to buy a Thermos to keep your coffee hot at the rink, layer your clothing and get to bed early. Those early morning practices are a killer!

  • Glogirl Oct 25, 2016, 2:42 pm

    My tip is for meal time on a busy hockey night. Prepare freezer meals in advance or use your slow cooker for a quick meal on the go.

  • angela m Oct 25, 2016, 1:28 pm

    My best tip to survive hockey season would be to bring snacks and a warm blanket.

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