5 Ways to Get Your Life Back After Hockey Season
- Reconnect with other hockey parents. To prevent withdrawal, ease back into your life by getting together with favorite hockey parents whose player ended up on a different team this year. Review the good and bad of the year, then commit to another topic (maybe, say, the NHL).
- Reintroduce yourself to family and friends. Remember your high school friends? Neighbors, parents, siblings, coworkers? You’re going to need those people when your hockey-parent lifestyle wanes, and it will. Host a barbecue for the neighborhood, have your parents over or go out to dinner with another couple. If you can’t take the culture shock, invite them to a pro game.
- Remember that gym membership. You worry about your player’s training all year while your primary occupation is sitting. Sitting while driving the car. Sitting in the stands. Sitting at the pizza bar after games. This is the perfect time to shape up and return as next year’s hot hockey mom or dad.
- Recommit to your family. Go on a weekend getaway with your spouse, take the kids to the park, visit a museum together — if you have to, go ice skating. Just do something together that doesn’t involve hockey.
- Revisit your goals. Career advancement, weight loss, fitness, volunteerism, home improvement, reading... Whatever goals may be waylaid by incessant trips to the rink are ripe for renewal.
Sure, you don’t have to let hockey drain your existence — you can work out, read and do errands during practice. But you can miss out on one of the most fun aspects of being a hockey parent — hanging out with the other moms, dads and siblings, and chatting about kids, coaches, equipment and more. If you’re one of these hockey parent junkies, just be sure to get your life back when the season ends.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Kelly Kordes Anton for this story.
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