Skating. It’s a part of life when you live in Canada. When you have snow and cold and frozen water.. why not enjoy it eh? We’re aren’t big into ice fishing, and I grew up skating on the family pond, so teaching our lad to skate seems a natural thing to do.
My hubby likes to skate as well so, he learned to skate. 🙂
We started off using a skating aid. I cannot tell you how much we liked this aid. So many of the other ones we saw were these big bulky things that would never have fit in our car without be completely disassembled. This one folded down flat and we could take it ANYWHERE. The local park to skate on the small pad, the pond to skate on the hard frozen ice, the bigger city to skate on outdoor rink and also to local town arenas to join in the mom/tot/senior skate times. It was GREAT.
As time went on the lad learned to skate with just holding my hand. I have to admit, I LOVE skating with my lad. Even if he pulls me a bit off center (and I am NOT the world’s best skater). But we could skate together and ….
He learned how to fall. and then how to get up. First one leg up, then the other. We started with using mom as an aid, but now he can do it all on his own. He skated, but he often complained, “can I stop now, do I have to do this mom? Skating isn’t fun, I don’t like it”.
Most of the time we chose just skate as a family, but one year to increase his confidence AND his love of skating (I really really wanted to foster that) we decided to join in with our homeschool group at a group skate every Friday. It costs more than the free skates we’ve been doing, but… this has the HUGE added side bonus. He can skate with friends. He liked it! 🙂
Do you see the happy grin? The lad no longer thinking…how long MUST I be on the ice. He now thinks.. do I HAVE to get off? This is fun skating with friends.
He can stop and talk with other parents and learning skating skills from them (for some reason he listens better to the Dad’s saying, hey.. if you do this it works better). I don’t understand it, but I’ll certainly take it!
Play tag is so much fun, and it’s great to hear “Your boy is skating better Annette”. It is just so good to hear. He’s really seeing that skating IS fun and not just something your folks make you do.
So should you ever be up in our neck of the woods on a fine Winter’s day, come join us in skating. You’ll meet a happy lad who actually LIKES skating now. 🙂 It’s just the finest thing. 🙂 Though lately, I have to admit, I don’t skate much anymore. I hurt my ankle badly two winters ago while skating and it took me much too long to recover. I might get brave again next winter though. 🙂
I keep wanting to skate on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.
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