As I have become more active, I have pushed for the kids to be more active too. Growing up, my parental figures were not really active. My Dad rode his bike on occasion, but daily fitness just wasn’t a thing. We have always encouraged the kids to participate in sports, but honestly we are not like hard core sports fans, so it was not a priority for anyone. I am more a solitary sport girl. I like swimming, running, hiking not the team sport stuff (although I LOVED softball as a teenager).
As a result, we tried soccer and it was meh. The older two never really got into it. My youngest really wants to play and will this summer. Swimming is definitely a big thing in our house. The older two are on a summer swim team and are amazing swimmers, the youngest is quickly following in their footsteps. We have signed the kids up for the Bluenose Youth run the past few years and it has been a great experience.
Hockey was never on the radar. Like ever. Until this Fall, my children had never even been skating. We have a fantastic outdoor skating oval and the children have been begging to learn to skate for about a year. So this year I signed them up for lessons, knowing I could not attempt to teach three kids to skate by myself; especially considering I had not skated since I was 14 years old!
A friend contacted me asking if I had ever considered hockey for Ethan. She went on to explain there was a program for kids that had no experience with hockey, equipment was provided, the program would last six weeks and the cost was reasonable. Ethan had expressed interest in hockey, however he had no exposure. My husband and I talked it over. I talked to other moms that had kids in hockey. After mulling it over, we decided that it was worth a try.
Ethan loves it. The coaches are amazing. Every kid is treated equal. When Ethan slacks off or doesn’t follow through, he is called out on it and made to do it correctly. It is by far the best experience we have had in sport (although our summer swim team is a very very close second). Ethan is still learning to skate, however he can skate so fast now! The program has a few weeks left (it is six weeks in total) and we were given the option to join midseason at a prorated cost. Ethan is so excited to join a team, and we have completed the forms. I am a Hockey Mom!
The program has been such a positive experience even Becca is interested to try it next time they offer it! We have started skating as a family, I was relieved that I could skate after all those years!
As we watch his practices I am flooded with childhood memories of watching hockey games and playing street hockey. I am in awe how focused and determined Ethan is, I have never seen him so into a sport. I am excited to watch him grow with this!
You can find more information on the First Shift program at their website.
Do your kids play hockey? Have you ever considered it?