This Hockey Mom should lace ’em up
Dear Hockey Mom,
My two sons look up to their dad as a role-model hockey player, and, while my daughter does, too, she says “Mom, why don’t you play hockey?”
With all four of them playing hockey, sometimes I wish I could get my daughter to stop playing for a bunch of different reasons, one being that I won’t feel like a fifth wheel. Is that wrong?
Yes. In my opinion, you should let your daughter continue to play. And you should get in the game, too!
When I was a kid, I wanted to play for years. Finally I got the chance – and it was a blast! I didn’t play forever, but at least I was able to experience the game as a player, which is a lot different from experiencing it as a hockey mom or a fan.
And it can do a lot for your daughter’s self-esteem. I found that, after all those years as the hockey-watching sister, I was the hockey-playing sister. It was so rewarding to get a little attention from my parents while having fun.
Now, as for you playing, start by reading Alexis Bohlinger's wonderful report about the Women’s Hockey Across Michigan program, or WHAM! That’s a program started in 2009 by Laura Slayton and the late, beloved lady of women’s hockey, Theresa Fulgenzi. (Click here to read story.)
Not only will it do a lot for your self esteem, but who knows? You may just become the best hockey player in your family!