Hockey Mama?

November 1st, 2008

I’m not sure if the hockey is going to last. He might be too young, it might be too early, he just might not like it. I have no experience in how to gently make him stick with something; this is new territory. We’ve gone three times – today we left mighty early though, as it seemed pointless for me to sit outside in the cold with a cold if he was just going to lay on his back on the ice and refuse help from the trainers* – and we’ll try again next Saturday but I don’t know. How long do you make a three-and-a-half year old keep doing something? If I push him will I spoil┬ásomething that he might like at four-and-a-half when he’s got more confidence? If I don’t push will he walk away from it forever without really knowing if it was for him? If I let him walk away from this am I starting him down the road of walking away from what’s hard, not learning determination? And if I’ve got this much angst about three-and-a-half-year-old hockey camp, what am I going to do when things get real?

It’s just hockey.

* Okay, in fairness he did skate once. Doesn’t he look good?

And I am foolishly attempting NaBloPoMo. Consider this Day One.