Raising a Sidney Crosby Fan

I'm not a Sidney Crosby fan. While I cannot argue about The Kid's natural hockey abilities, work ethic and commitment to various charities, his on-ice antics are not to my liking. He takes cheap shots after the whistle and loses his temper when things don't go his way.

Yet, in spite of these shortcomings, Crosby has a very loyal following of fans to whom he can do no wrong.

Among these fans is my 6-year-old daughter, Violet.


While I can't quite pinpoint the where and the why of this love - perhaps she thinks he is cute or her friends like him or she respects his skills or she just likes Penguins - there is no mistaking that she is big fan of the boy from Cole Harbour.

This Christmas, I decided to put my petty grudge aside and surprise Violet with something that she would like - a Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins jersey.

When I told a workmate, who is a die-hard Penguins fan, about my purchase, she commented that I must love my daughter. She also confided that, if the shoe was on the other foot, her own father would never betray his allegiances to make such a gesture.

As much as I don't care for him, I can accept that my daughter is a Sidney Crosby fan. While I am a very opinionated person, I would never make the declaration that "No son/daughter of mine will ever be a (blank) fan". I have heard many dads utter such phrases especially when it comes to sports or music. While I can appreciate the passion, the sentiment to me just seems a little silly. Perhaps it's because I'm not a die-hard fan. But to me, it really comes down to the fact that I love my daughter and appreciate her opinion. That's the bottom line.

As a parent, you are bound to influence your kids in all of the things you hold dear - food, music, sports, movies and a whole lot more. When your kids are young and impressionable, they will go along with you for the ride - perhaps in part because they want to please you, but also because their knowledge and experience is limited. At some point, this will change and your kids will go in a different direction. Maybe it's an act of rebellion. Or maybe it's simply because they just like what they like and don't need to justify it.

As a parent, and especially an opinionated dad, my kids have and will continue to have likes that run contrary to mine. I am fully prepared to hear that DC movies are better than Marvel, Maze Runner is far superior to Star Wars, baseball is more exciting than hockey and Maroon 5 matter much more to music than The Clash.

And as much as it will pain me to hear it, it is my job to respect their opinion (or at least find a way to tolerate it).

So enjoy your jersey, Violet. If it ever gets too small for you, I understand that your mama has her eye on a nice Carey Price one.


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Author: Mark Medland

Mark Medland is a 40 something father of five who lives in Mississauga, Ontario. When he is not working at one of the big Canadian banks or raising his kids, he likes to cheer for the Habs and eat amazing food with his wife Vanessa.

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