August 15, 2014
The Hockey Mom: Don't raise your players to be colorblind
Sam was probably about 7 or 8 when he first brought up the issue of race in hockey.
July 31, 2014
The Hockey Mom: Specialization can wait, kids’ fun cannot
Except for the acrobatic sports, there is no evidence that early specialization in one sport aids achievement of elite status.
June 23, 2014
The Hockey Mom: 3 youth coaches who truly get it
April Bowling looks back with fondness on her son Sam's three great years with his youth coaches.
June 11, 2014
Hockey Mom: Leaving ‘select’ choice up to your kid? Priceless
A dad dressed in a black North Face fleece approached the glass and began banging on it so hard that my coffee cup started to vibrate toward the edge of the dasher.
May 15, 2014
The Hockey Mom: Proactive approaches make camp decisions easy
Choosing a camp is no time for hasty decisions, because the wrong camp can ruin a precious week of summer.
April 6, 2014
The Hockey Mom: In a wintry backyard, a miracle evolves, endures
There is a much-beloved hockey institution in our town.
February 24, 2014
Hockey Mom: A valuable lesson in prevent defense
When I read that one of the Micheli Institute’s goals was the development of youth evaluations and conditioning programs to prevent concussions in the first place, I almost jumped for joy.
January 27, 2014
The Hockey Mom: Mites’ big-rink adventure
I know this column will come out after the holidays, but the last month of hockey has put me in the spirit with some unexpected gifts
November 27, 2013
Hockey Mom: Cross-ice demands a fresh perspective
By now, any parent of a Mite knows about USA Hockey’s big change from full-ice to cross-ice. Everyone has an opinion, and they generally aren’t shy about sharing them.
October 26, 2013
Hockey Mom: Watching pro camp teaches great lessons
It is as important how you listen to, understand and respond to your coaches’ criticism as it is how talented you are to begin with.
September 27, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Postcards from power skating camp
There is clearly an age element to the effectiveness of camp.
August 28, 2013
The Goalie Mom: Sometimes, the pads never quite fit
This is probably the only time you’ll catch my writing in Brion O’Connor’s goaltending column.
July 30, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Win or lose, sportsmanship must prevail
We can’t turn back time and go all “Lord of the Flies” anymore, so parents and coaches have to step up and teach kids how to be team players.
May 18, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Change is a rewarding part of the journey
As much as I sometimes long for the end of hockey season, I always mourn it when it actually happens.
May 6, 2013
The Hockey Mom on camp selection: Get input, trust instincts
Choosing a camp is no time for hasty decisions.
March 4, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Riding the wild coaster we call hockey
It was a tough game, and I was white-knuckling my coffee cup, standing at the glass.
February 6, 2013
The Hockey Mom: Great coaches have the power to inspire
The reality is that since we need coaches, parents are going to have to serve in that role.
December 30, 2012
The Hockey Mom: When did I become THAT hockey mom?
I always have had a special distaste for rabid sports parents. They rank right up there with spiders, crowded elevators and runny eggs in my “Book of Yuck.”
December 15, 2012
The Hockey Mom: The five words every hockey mom dreads
I alluded to Sam’s past experience in goal and how I was pretty sure that his appreciation of the position wasn’t going to translate to a desire to take up full-time residence between the pipes.
October 15, 2012
The Hockey Mom: Private lessons are a powerful tool
Private lessons aren’t the answer for everyone, but they're something that time-strapped parents should consider.