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When she isn't inhaling Zamboni fumes as a hockey mom of three, Astra is a human resources professional from Ottawa. In her spare time, she writes about motherhood and minor hockey. Her humour memoir, "Offside by a Mile - Confessions of a Hockey Mom" was published by FriesenPress in June 2015. You can read more about her family's antics on her website at www.astragroskaufmanis.com and follow her @mydustbunnies on Twitter. Astra is a weekly contributor to HockeyNow.ca through her always-entertaining Mom Mondays blog.


Mom Mondays: A Happy Hockey Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the hockey dads! Today is a special day for you. I normally write about all things hockey mom but for this special occasion, I thought I would celebrate the joys of being a hockey dad.

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Mom Mondays: Summer – Stay in Shape!

According to the calendar, summer officially starts on June 21. According to me, the summer officially starts the day after the last NHL playoff game is played and the Cup is hoisted. Therefore, I hereby declare that summer has officially begun!

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Mom Mondays: Bed, Bath and Hockey Pucks

I worked from home the other day. My daughter was having her wisdom teeth removed and though she did sleep most of the day, someone needed to be close by to keep an eye on her and bring her the obligatory ice packs, meds, and heaping bowls of ice cream as instructed.

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Mom Mondays: Hockey Mom Déjà Vu

How often have you run into someone in a store or in a restaurant, politely say “Hi” and then wonder, “Where do I know them from?” They look familiar but you can’t quite place them. It drives you crazy and you wrack your brain the rest of the day trying to figure out where you’ve met them before.

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Mom Mondays: Time Out for Spring and Summer

Despite the growing research that indicates year-round hockey (or any single sport year-round for that matter) doesn’t make for a better hockey player, there are thousands of kids that do play hockey all year.

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Mom Mondays: Never Say Die – The Life of a Hockey Sticks

Old hockey sticks never die, they just get reincarnated. Our family has bought its fair share of sticks over the years, having put three kids through minor hockey. When that purchase is made, a brand new stick is automatically designated the game day stick, and the old game day stick becomes the practice stick, and the practice stick then becomes the road hockey stick. 

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Mom Mondays: A Love Letter to Coffee

I was still in high school when we met. I was only fifteen but I knew this was the real thing. Oh, I know I was far too young to be in love but love knows no rules. 

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Mom Mondays: It’s Not Thanksgiving, But Be Thankful

Many of us are getting ready for our kids’ year-end hockey parties and there are plenty of preparations underway. Aside from choosing the date, the location, the potluck assignments, year-end gift selection, and speeches, there are thanks that should to be given to the other hockey people who’ve made this hockey season such a success.

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Mom Mondays: Gimme Back That Jersey!

At the beginning of each hockey season, there is great fanfare surrounding the distribution of team jerseys.

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Mom Mondays: My Hockey Sisters in Humboldt

We’ve never met, but I am your sister. We don’t know each other, but we know everything about each other. Our paths have probably never even crossed, but we’ve travelled the same roads.

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Mom Mondays: The Right Time to Pull a Goalie?

Did you know that at this very moment research being conducted on the optimal time to pull a goalie? Countless studies, analyses, and a whole lot of math devoted to the precise moment in a hockey game when it’s more advantageous to have an extra attacker on the ice than a net minder.

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Mom Mondays: Spring Cleaning

At the end of every hockey season, our garage gets a makeover. And by ‘makeover’ I mean that the hockey equipment splayed all over the garage gets put away to make room for sporting equipment of another kind.

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Mom Mondays: A hockey SNAFU - What would Walter do?

She remembered to download the tournament schedule to her phone. She remembered the directions to the arena. She remembered to get the skates sharpened before the tournament.

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Mom Mondays: The Hockey Handful

Is your kid a holy hockey horror? Over my hockey mom years, I’ve watched thousands of minor hockey players skate onto the ice. I’ve met hundreds of minor hockey players on all my kids’ teams.

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Mom Mondays: Homage to Hockey

There are times when you miss a child’s hockey game because you’re at another child’s hockey game. These situations are unfortunate but as long as you balance getting to all your kids’ games at some point through the season, everything seems to work out.

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