I totally got chastised by the Clinique counter lady. I was on my way home from skiing on a snowy day, and I stopped in to pick up some skin care stuff. We got on the subject of sunblock, and she talked about how important it was to wear sunblock. I told her that I totally agreed with her.
I saw this towel online, which is designed to change clothes underneath. My first thought was ‘what a waste of money.’ But then I remembered all of the awkward places I’ve changed clothes in public. I usually do this in my car, or let’s be honest, standing behind the car door. This is a sadly incomplete list of parking lots where I’ve changed clothes:
10. Do we have exfoliating soap? I need to scrub the race number off my arm.
9. I would buy new clothes, but I’m saving for skis (or harness, or bike, or other favorite toy).
Kids love to eat snow. So much so that I once had to explain to a little five-year-old why we couldn’t eat snow off the floor that had been tracked in. Rather than fight their impulse, I say let them embrace it. Over at the RedBarnBlog, I am guest blogging with a recipe for how to make ice cream from snow.
Today is the conclusion to my 4-part series. Don’t get me wrong, some parents are totally capable of teaching their own kids to ski. However, a lot of adults who’ve been skiing for years forget how difficult learning can be and don’t know how to break down skiing into learnable skills. Screaming “pizza” as your kid zooms down the hill out of control is not helpful, but it’s all some parents can offer.
Here are some good questions to ask before teaching them yourself: Continue reading “Common Mistakes When Teaching Kids to Ski: Teaching Them Yourself”
Today is part 3 in my 4-part series. Picture this. It’s your five-year-old’s second day on the hill and she’s already rocking turns and stops. You take her up on a little steeper terrain totally confident in her ability. You’re right beside her to keep her safe. As she comes down the steeper part, she doesn’t make her turn. Her speed gets faster, and you yell out “Pizza,” but instead she clicks her skis together and shoots straight down the mountain. You chase after her, but a fence catches her first.