Lesson #5 – Raise a “Good Person” who loves to play hockey, not just a “Good Hockey Player”
Raise a “Good Person” who likes to play hockey, not just a ‘good hockey player’ is one of my favourite lessons. When Brock started playing competitive hockey it became apparent that hockey started to take over our daily routines. One day as I was going over his hockey calendar, I was trying to figure out how my husband and I were going to manage his hockey schedule and still find time for all the other things we had going on in our home. We had reached a point where we spent more time discussing hockey than we did school.
We spent our time ensuring pre-game was ready an hour before games, skates were sharpened and that he made it to practice on time. I started to ask myself what exactly was he doing to help with all of this. Without realizing it, we were on our way to raising a very “entitled” young man. This kid could put his hockey equipment on with his eyes closed, go into the butterfly effortlessly, play the puck and make a great glove save, but he didn’t know how to do his own laundry or heat up pasta. It was time to teach him the value of working hard off the ice. Unfortunately for Brock, it was time to make a change. After a lot of arguing, he learned to make his own pre-game meal; he helped with hockey fundraisers and learned to do his own laundry.
One of my favourite excerpts in the book is from chapter five (5):