Juggling hockey and school can be like trying to juggle fire and gasoline. At any minute, a giant explosion could occur. As moms, we don’t want to see grades or hockey blow up in our kids’ faces. So, we need a way to help them juggle academics and extracurricular activities.
In many programs, bad grades can mean a fast track to riding the pine. We don’t pay all that money to watch our kids sit on the bench. So, we have to teach them how to balance what they love with what they have to do. Like it or not, we all have responsibilities—even if we hate them and they suck, we still have to do them.
Think about it, if we didn’t have to balance work with parenting, we would all be full-time hockey moms and loving every second of it. But, the fact of the matter is we have to work to pay the bills. And, one day, so will our kids.
I’ve found that teaching my kids how to organize themselves and how to juggle things on their own has been a blessing. When they understand that it’s their responsibility to manage school and hockey, they tend to get the job done. When it’s me harping on them about homework, it becomes a battle of wills—one I am not willing to fight.
There is value in both academics and extra-curricular activities. In some families, one trumps the other, and in others they are equal. But, regardless of where you stand with regard to the importance of hockey in your child’s life, learning time management and how to balance what we love with what we have to do is a life skill.
Here is a great way to teach your kid that balancing work and play doesn’t have to be hard. Check out this infographic, “How to Help Your Student Athlete Balance Large Projects” for some tips on teaching your skaters how to juggle hockey and school.
Balance Hockey and School