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Skiing with kids: Face your fear!

Skiing with kids: didn't they do well!

We went ski-ing over the holidays, it was the kids first time, my fourth time, and my husbands, erm, well lots of times. I am still afraid of ski-ing, and I think that I always will be, but I don’t want my kids to share my fears; in anything, and that includes ski-ing. Caution is a good thing, but bland panic, well that’s another matter….

I was a little worried about what it would be like going, because of this fear, I wasn’t actually plan on ski-ing myself. Ski-ing isn’t for everyone it seems. I always thought that part of the reason for my innate fear was because I learnt too late, and so I didn’t want the same fate to wait my two kids.

That’s why I agreed to doing on a ski-ing holiday with kids despite not really being able, or liking ski-ing myself.

Stuntboy is happy to do anything that involves anything remotely active, and seemed convinced that he would just be able to stick skis on his feet, and then would be ski jumping like Eddie the Eagle Edwards in about two minutes flat.

Clearly that didn’t happen, but he was parallel turning within a week. Strictly, these lovely medals they got….well, Stuntboy’s was a silver, but we thought two bronzes would potentially cause less consternation from Chatterbox, and as there is going to be another ski holiday in future, we could set that one right then…!

Both of them were brilliant, and I am incredibly proud; no fear, little tears, and lots of bouncing balls!

” If you fall over, the first thing you do is giggle, and then bounce right back up again like the little rubber balls you are to us both!”

That worked a treat, more giggles than tears. My two ski mice won their bronze medals with their ski school, and were amazingly proud of themselves. Now we have another reward we can add to our list for our charts – dry slope ski-ing!

It’s important that we all face our fears. I have faced mine four times now, and I still haven’t been able to overcome it, but at least I have managed to teach my kids not to copy it. And that, as far as I am concerned is a great success.

Do you like ski-ing? Or are you, like me, happy to sup tea/coffee/diet coke in a cafe while the others do all the hard work?!?

Skiing with kids: We had a great time!

Skiing with kids: We had a great time! But we did tire them out, as you can see…

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Saturday 3rd of August 2013

I just want to say that I love this post. My family is the exact same way, with my dad skiing all his life and my mom only recently coming around to it once they had kids. Personally, I think that skiing is such a great activity, as it personally relates to some of my finest family memories growing up as a kid. We always would take ski vacations together during spring or winter breaks, and they provided great bonding opportunities. Skiing is also so great because it is one of the few activities that families can continue to do even as their kids grow up. It's great to see a similar story. Highly appreciate the article.

Anya Harris

Thursday 18th of April 2013

Didn't realise you'd been away Helen - and ski ing. How wonderful. I'm with you though - have been a few times and can't really get to grips with lving it. I love the sun and the snow, don't even mind heights, but hate being on the edge! Alcohol for breakfast and lunch removes lots of fear! :)


Thursday 18th of April 2013

Ha Ha - also removed the ability to look after the kids!?! ;-) And its the edges what do me too, I think I don't like living on it, whether its in skis or in real life, bit of a control freak me :-D

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