Kids, especially under twelve, are always seeking their parents'
approval. Negative labels and generalizations and criticism can have a
devastating emotional impact. If you critique your child's performance,
she will interpret your anger, disapproval, and disappointment as
meaning that you don't love her anymore-that your love is conditional.
If the world were a perfect place, talking to a youth hockey coach
would be as natural and stress free for a hockey mom as talking to her child's teacher.
Unfortunately, there is not much that worries and confuses hockey moms more than talking to their child's coach.
Hockey requires the most pieces of equipment than any other sports. The most important piece of that equipment, however, is the skates. If your child's skates don't fit right, she will be miserable because not only will her feet hurt, but she won't be able to skate to even half of her full potential.
Whether to play girl's hockey or boys is often a difficult choice for girls and their parents, with advantages and disadvantages to each. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong decision, and it becomes a matter of thinking of her goals and then tailoring the decision to meet those goals.