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5 Characteristics of the Playoff-Happy Sports Parent

02/15/2016, 5:00am PST
By Kelvin Cech

 

Have you noticed the sun on the horizon hanging around a little longer every day? Air blowing through the trees and across the hills doesn’t pack as much of a cold bite, and even the falling rain isn’t bringing its usual gloomy despair. 

That’s right, spring is right around the corner. And with it comes a new lease on life in the youth sports world, a new sense of achievement due to another conquered season. 

You know what else is coming? Spring hockey. Soccer. Family trips. Stress. 

You know what, forget it. There’s always something to drag us down, right?

Except when the ground warms up in the spring, our hectic lifestyles don’t seem so bad. In fact, the spring usually helps us remember that we chose this life. Like young hockey players trying to make the team, there’s always something to strive for, which means it can be easy to forget about the day to day process. 

Like it or not, every change of the seasons is another cycle of the hockey season. You’re doing life, right now. Don’t focus all your effort on tomorrow. Live your life today. 

With that in mind, here are 5 traits common to the North American youth sports parent during the spring. 

1. More Patience

Whether it’s at home or at the rink, parents are often infused with an extra dose of patience this time of year. Right? I’m not a parent and I did no research on this point, so I’m actually asking. Hoping, probably. A little extra patience never hurt, right?

2. Slower Driving

With greater patience comes greater preparation, which means you’ll leave yourself more time to get where you need to go. I seem to bring up driving a lot on the good ol’ blog, perhaps that’s because I grew up beside the highways of the prairies where everyone knew what they were doing. 

3. Gratitude

Are you happy it’s almost over? Sure you are, that’s natural. The ups and downs of the hockey season are difficult to manage, but the reward for doing so is great. Give yourself some time to reflect on the season and your child’s experience (the past), and then turn your attention to whatever it is you’re going to do now (the present).

4. Health & Wellness

Whoever thought January was the best month to adopt a new fitness routine probably didn’t have kids playing hockey. Spring is about getting outside and enjoying this wonderful corner of the planet in which we live, and that’s a lot easier when you’re not gasping for air. 

5. Excitement

This is the most generalized bullet point ever. I realize you’re probably not sitting there at your computer tingling with excitement reading this post (or maybe you are, in this case I’m feeling a little of bullet number 3), but there’s something in the air this time of year that boosts our spirit. Slopping through another dark, grey winter has taken its toll, but you’ve emerged from the clouds dry as a bone. 

The playoffs are starting all over the lower mainland, and nothing on earth is as exciting as the playoffs. Make sure you enjoy each unique moment, because in their current state, they’ll never come again. 

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