Things I Wished My Kids Had Never Taught Me #451.
Clash Of Clans!
(I just got dragons!)
I’m new to the concept of being a “hockey parent”.
A year ago my son could not even skate, and today he’s in a Learn To Play hockey league and he’s doing just fine, thank you very much. For a child who doesn’t like to watch hockey, or know much about the sport, he has become the complete opposite of me, who was a diehard hockey fan, but never played the sport.
Growing up in the Great White North, I never really learned to skate and I never played ice hockey as one would expect every Canadian man, woman and child would have. At all. No organized hockey, no shiny, I’m not sure if I was even on ice with a stick and puck more than once or twice in my entire life until I turned 20 and decided to help coach a kids ice hockey team (at 5am and 6am on Sunday mornings).
I helped teach the kids to be better hockey players – skill-wise, understanding the game and reminding them to be nice on the ice and not to play dirty or take short-cuts, and they taught me to skate. I had taken and completed my level-one Coaching Theory Certification for a Canadian Coaching Certification, and I liked the coaching which I did for 6 years until other things came along.
Fast forward to the children, and to my chagrin, my kids never took an interest in the sport so I was off the hook… Until last year.
Now, we happily take him to his practice / game and he loves it. (Although I still can’t get him to watch hockey on TV, or to call he puck a puck and not a ball).
But over the last couple of weeks he’s forgotten things in his hockey bag – neck guard one week, then his hockey pants the following week – so I made him write down the contents of his bag so he won’t forget anything from now on, and this is what I got:
Top of the page “Hockey”
Underneath the title started the list;
“Neck g” (guard?!?)
“Chest pad” (Looks like it was a chess pad first)
“Jok” (giggle – Jock)
“leg Protect” (or shin pads)
I added the water bottle, towel, skate towel, and pj’s to wear underneath). I also told him for the umpteenth time that in Grade 3 we had to pick French names for French class, and since my name, Warren, doesn’t really have a cool French name, I wanted “Guy” for Guy Lafleur, but my best friend – a HUGE Canadiens fan – chose Guy so I got Jacques. Jacques Strappe was name French name for the next 2 years… UGH.
Oh, and he scored last game. Could not have been more proud! Of him and for him.
There are times when I feel that my wife and I are the cool kids in town and that everyone else either sucks or do not understand us or our children. I mean, come on… tax, science… Who wouldn’t want to hang out with us to discuss those thrilling topics?!?
Then I think about our kids, and how they will view us when they are older and know better, or how others view them and their quirks and oddities… I hope others will find their quirkiness playful and fun, and now strange or odd. Then again, I hope my kids are comfortable enough in their own skin to not care what others think.
So where is this going?
How we’re so cool. lol.
Well, we had 2 great families over for Shabbat dinner Friday night and after eating, drinking, laughing and talking, we moved from the kitchen over to the family room to continue with the great conversation, while the kids practiced their cursive writing.
The kids practiced their cursive writing… On their own. For fun… Together… 6 of the 7 children present.
What got the cursive kick started in our household is the fact that cursive writing is part of the grade 3 curriculum in Ontario, so with Stewie in Grade 3, it only made sense that he would be eager to practice every waking moment, right? Well not only does he practice his cursive writing, but he also created a cursive writing book for his (just turned 5-year-old) little sister. This book has the letters in the same way he learned them, however, he also added some fun cursive-games which are completely age appropriate.
More so, having looked through this book, I can say that it is quite amazing what this little girl has managed to produce and if she keeps it up, her Senior kindergarten teachers will be quite impressed.
So now imagine, 6 adults driving coffee and chatting about life, love, liberty and the pursuit of happiness while my son leads the other children through the cursive Olympics…
That’s cool, no?
It’s certainly better than cursing. :)
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day (and the day before)!
On Sunday, March 16, all eyes will be smiling in downtown Toronto for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Enjoy a family friendly celebration of Ireland and St. Patrick with colorful floats, bands, dancers and marching groups. There will be a golden touch at the green celebration with Olympic gold medalist Irish boxer Katie Taylor acting as Grand Marshal.
The procession starts at noon from St. George and Bloor, heading east before turning south along Yonge to Queen where it makes a final turn to finish at Nathan Phillips Square. TTC access and parking are available at several points along the parade route.
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