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 something 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.


3 Responses to “Hockey Mama?”

  1. Elizabeth on November 1, 2008 9:51 pm

    As the mother of two boys (aged seven and ten), I say don’t sweat it. Three and a half is super young and even though I know nothing about sports and have two boys who are mad for them, they only became “mad” for them at about age five or six. I’d say enjoy NOT going to sporting events for as long as you can because before you know it it’s ALL you’ll ever do!

  2. kristen on November 1, 2008 10:37 pm

    I don’t know what advice others would give, but I agree with Elizabeth. I was going to tell you, three and a half is VERY young and he won’t likely take anything away from this experience that will impact his potential future as a hockey player. Don’t make yourself crazy—one day you will look back and fondly remember the year YOU got to decide to call it quits. Because soon enough, you’ll be sitting on those sidelines and in those bleachers week after week, whether you want to or not.

  3. See how he grows at Magpie Days on October 31, 2009 8:46 pm

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