Continuing on the theme of doing the things you love to do with kids, my husband and I decided to expose our kids to skiing last year. We love skiing and thought that if our kids see us enjoy it so much, that they might want to pick up it up too. It also beats exclusively being a spectator in the stands. Turns out, they really liked it.
Our daughter who was five at the time advanced quickly through the lessons and we were soon able to ski blue runs together. It took our three year-old son a little longer to feel comfortable. A few early wipe-outs spooked him out. I used a few tricks a good friend of ours taught us; one was going down the hill with him using a hula hoop. It works in getting a little one to feel comfortable and get stability. They also make ski harnesses but they tend to make the kids lean back, a big ski no-no. Hula hoop is effective and inexpensive. The other is letting go, and letting your child learn, you can ease them if with the smallest of bunny hills.
Photos: Liliana Polcari