Winter can be so beautiful, but it can also be dangerous if you're not prepared. What winter first aid tricks do you use to stay safe outdoors in winter? Read mine in my blog post today!
Snowboarding is my first winter love so I'm excited to teach my 8 and 6 year olds this month. They are less excited, because snowboarding is hard and you fall a lot when youre learning. . When was the last time you had to do something really difficult? For me it's every day as I try to figure out parenting. For Big E it was today trying to figure out how to control a snowboard. . How do you decide when to push your child to stick with it and when do you let them be autonomous with their decisions?
Sometimes teaching a two-year-old to ski is really ridiculous. Like this morning when Baby L cried for an hour. She wouldn't share. She didn't want to take breaks. She got mad when we went to the tow rope instead of the big swing. Her pacifier didn't even help. . So why put her (and me) through the torture? Because I've seen the potential. I've heard her squeal with glee at sliding down the slope. I've seen her smile with delight when putting on her skis. I know from teaching her older siblings that the most important part of learning to ski is spending time on the snow. . Yes, she's young. And if I didn't need daily outdoor time to maintain my sanity I wouldn't bother. But since we live at a ski resort, and love winter, I'll keep trying. Cause five years from now everyone in our family will be ski maniacs. I hope. . Do you have any tips for teaching kids to ski? Need some? Check the link in my bio!
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month! . I tried teaching my six year old to snowboard today. There was a lot of crying, falling and frustration right up until this point. . Why is sliding down a hill so dang fun? . If you want to join the sliding, skiing, snowboarding fun, join my monthly outdoor challenge through the link in my bio. You'll get great FREE ski with kids tips right to your inbox.
I truly love the mountains. I love skiing down them with my kids. I live hiking up them with my husband. I love looking at them from my window. . But my favorite will always be snowboarding down mountains. Becoming a ski family has influenced how I interact with my kids all winter long. . We love it! . I want to help your family become a ski family too. That's why I am excited to announce the Beta launch of the Online Family Ski School, a course I've developed with @alyssakerickson and @braveskimom. We're offering a steep 50% off discount to all our readers who are willing to view the course and give us feedback. . Do you want to ski with your kids? Now is the perfect time to learn! Visit the link in my bio for more info.
I'm so proud of my son for trying new things, even when they're scary. That's what I love about learning to ski and snowboard, the constant progression. My motto when learning new things is Feel the fear and do it anyway (the title of a self help book I read once). I think its especially applicable when it comes to learning snowsports. So when was the last time YOU felt the fear and did it anyway? PS - If you want free tips on teaching kids to ski join my monthly outdoor challenge by going to the link in my bio.
Happy Gluten Free Day January 8! Big E is allergic to wheat, eggs, nuts and peanuts so when the GFB offered to send me some samples of their tasty gluten free bites I jumped at the chance. They are delicious! I especially liked the pbandj flavor. Wanna try them for yourself? Enter to win a sample pack by completing this months ski with kids challenge! Visit the link in my bio for more info!
SWIPE FOR THE SECRET SAUCE Ever use a hula hoop for ski training? It can help a young skier learn proper body position and how to support their own weight, while giving the adult control over speed and direction. No more wet noodle kids! But it can be awkward to hold while loading and unloading the lift with a toddler. So here's a tip from a good friend and blog reader Sarah S - let the hula hoop rest around your ankles. You can even load and unload the lift with it just resting there. The hula hoop is light enough that it won't impede your skiing and it stays out of the way until you need it. Works great! For more exclusive #skiwithkids tips you're gonna want to check out this month's outdoor challenge at the link in my bio. It's FREE and will help your family explore more outdoors!
An interview with my 2 year old on how to ski. I may be biased but I think she's the cutest thing ever! What terms do you use to teach your kids to stop on skis? I've heard wedge, triangle, big feet, pizza. We say Make your skis look like a slice of pizza to stop and Make your skis French fries to go. I have no idea what an apple slice is though, maybe my toddler was just hungry. If you're looking for tips on teaching kids to ski you'll want to sign up for this month's FREE outdoor challenge over at mountainmomandtots.com/2018. You'll get 3 to 4 personal emails chock full of tips on how to ski with kids, plus a special offer to join the beta group of the Online Family Ski School for half price!