Benched: The Allocation of Playing Time in Youth Sports

The allocation of playing time in youth sports is a heated and controversial topic. It is also a topic that is multi-faceted and can be misunderstood by parents who don’t always recognize the complexities that coaches are faced with when you consider the variety of ability and commitment levels of each child on their team.... Continue Reading →

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Twas the Night Before Hockey Season

Twas the night before Hockey season, when all thro’ the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The gear was all packed in the hockey bags with care, In hopes that tomorrow’s evaluations would be enjoyable and fair. The children were all nestled and snug in their beds, While visions of tournaments... Continue Reading →

Humboldt Strong

Today, I dropped my two children off to school in their hockey jerseys. Today, I wore green, yellow and white to work. Today, every person I met was wearing a jersey. Today, I watched a group of students stand on the corner of a busy street with signs asking drivers to honk their horns in... Continue Reading →

Home Cooked Meals for Busy Hockey Moms

Over the past few years, I’ve really struggled with providing home cooked meals for my two growing hockey players. As a full-time working mom who has a second full-time job as a hockey mom, there is never enough time. The first two years my children were in hockey, we ate take-out far too often (although... Continue Reading →

Play-offs for Parents

There’s nothing that gets the adrenaline running and the heart pumping quite like an intense minor hockey play-off game. And I’m not describing the players here – although I’m sure they experience those physical effects too- I’m talking about the parents in the stands who can barely contain their excitement or dismay at their child’s... Continue Reading →

A Beginner’s Guide to Hockey

When my son started minor hockey, I knew nothing. Not a thing. So if you’re in the same boat, and you’re reading this because you have no idea about hockey, then don’t feel bad. There are other moms (and dads, and grandparents) just like you. You are not alone! This post is designed to address... Continue Reading →

A Hockey Mom is Born

As I looked around the gifts at my baby shower, I was overwhelmed with emotion and besotted by my newborn son. My little boy was going to be adorned in the most adorable blue outfits. As I scanned over the spoils, I noticed that most of the items sported a common theme. There were baseball... Continue Reading →

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