Do you have a child or grandchild that enjoys being active? Don’t let the cold weather keep them inside! There are so many winter sports for kids to try; snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, sledding and snow tubing to name a few.
There’s a few things to keep in mind before your child gets started in any of these activities.
To insure they stay warm, have them wear some kind of under garment like long johns or thermal underwear. This will help them enjoy their outside activities just a little longer. Next, they should have snow clothing such as snow pants, a heavy jacket, snow boots, gloves, a hat or ear muffs. For some they may even want to wear snow goggles.
Take note of overall safety issues. Are they visible to adults? They should always make sure they go in pairs because at least if something happens there will be someone to help them or to go for help. They should always make sure an adult or a friend knows where they will be and if they change locations they should make that same person aware. If it is night time some things you might want to consider is putting on reflective wear, carry a flash light, and try to stay clear of roads.
If you are someone who is interested in learning how to snowboard or ski your local mountain or ski resort can provide you with beginner classes. Most of the time these classes are free with snowboard gear rental. You can also purchase kids snowboards, especially if they’re going to go regularly. It might be a good idea so they get used to one board.
Please make sure that you and your child read the rules of the mountain and the safety instructions provided at the time of rental. Once completing the lessons they will be able to test out the bunny slops and show you what they have learned. Remember moms they probably will fall a couple times! They are kids, they will bounce back and this is very normal when leaning something new. Do not panic – give them a chance to get the hang of it.
Your kids should remember that while they are there to have fun and enjoy themselves, they they should also be careful and follow the rules and regulations. Always instruct them to make sure their skis are on the right way, their boots are locked in tight to their boards and that they are wearing the proper gear.
Winter is a fun time of the year for kids, but the weather is harsh and it can become dangerous at times. Let them enjoy themselves and just be a kid, but talk to them about how important safety is. They are out of the house and doing something physical this is a good thing. Encourage them to try new things and not give up even if it is hard at first. Maybe even suggest they invite a friend along. So bundle up, be safe enjoys yourself and your kids and have a nice warm glass of cocoa when you’re finished.