My son wants to ice skate with me. I havent ice skated in years, and (no joke here) I am afraid Ill break a wrist or something if I even attempt it! The last skating I did was rollerblading more than 10 years ago, and I wasnt great at that either (but weighed alot less then too!)
I dont ski (wasnt exposed to it as a youth and terrified me when I tried it as an adult), not does my DH. I would like the kids to have more exposure than I did, but I am sure not the one to teach them!
I feel like I am setting such a bad example, being such a chicken to get back on ice skates! I havent shared my fears with DS, but will have to explain why Ill enroll him in lessons but we wont be skating as a family.
Or should I splint/pad/helmet myself up and get back on the ice?
As you may know both my kids skate, DD figure and DS hockey. I skate with them, but now after nearly 2 years, we rarely do public anymore as DS either has to do his hockey trainings or DD skates on icetime reserved for figure skaters. I can go on that ice too (based on my level) but I don't always. I never took a lesson with my kids, they have done their own in the past. DD and I skate half a public session on Monday nights after both our lessons. We love that time together and it's not too crowded. I think I would just sign DS up for a basic class and take him skating. I see plenty of kids at our rink where parents don't skate and they zip around on the ice. Plus if he moves up, he will have separate ice time from public. Better if you can mobilize a friend which we have unsuccessfully tried, but now it's a non-issue as both have made friends with kids at the rink who have moved through the levels with them. If you are scared, I would probably not try it, but if so, wristguards and kneepads are a good idea. If you want a helmet on DS, make sure it's not a bike helmet, but rather a skateboarding helmet due to the impact points. I think overall hockey is pretty safe due to all the padding, figure skating another story...
Figure Skating Nationals are close to where we live and DD and I just came back from watching the competitions. So beautiful and DD is hooked!!
This message has been edited by SabinaCA on Jan 22, 2012 11:08 PM
Annually, I used to attend Stars on Ice when it came to town. It was incredible!!
I appreciate your advice on making friends at the rink. I did recall that both of your kids skate, and are quite athletic. Id like the same opportunities for my kids even if I dont have their abilities physically.
At this point, Im overweight and a chicken to boot!!
but I dont think its an option in the area that I live. Wed have to travel to give it a try. We are definitely in the burbs of Chicago with no open areas for many miles. If people from the west coast saw our closest ski resort, theyd laugh hysterically. Its probably a bunny hill by most skiers standards, and it is still about 50 miles away.
Interesting thought about double edged ice skates. Ill have to check!!
I wouldn't try the double bladed skates. I think they are more a hazard than anything else. I think you can't really glide on them. If anything, I'd get proper equipment, wrist guards, knee and elbow pad and if you dont' want to wear a helmet they are now selling ice halos this really cool thing that acts like a helmet http://www.icehalo.ca/). I'm not wearing one, as I'm not too concerned about falling on my head. Sometimes I wear wrist guards, depending on what we do in class. I think broken wrists are the most common injury in recreational adult skating. Just hold on to the wall and take it slowly. Sing up for a beginner class and you'll be fine - It's so much fun!!
I've definitely pushed myself--for the reasons you mention. It's a hard one, for sure...
For skating, can you go once on your own just to see how it goes? Honestly, the first times you go with him, all you have to be able to do is hang onto the wall with him! Then march, march, march. Once he's pushing off and gliding, he doesn't need you anymore!
Skiing is a big enough deal that I think you could pass and just put him right in a private lesson (or group, if he's that kind of kid). He'll see lots of other kids out there in lessons without their parents.
Actually, if he'll do lessons, you could do this for skating, too. But, still, I totally get what you are saying about being a role model, for better or worse.
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I am like you, totally not sporty but really want..
January 23 2012, 5:18 PM
my boys to be active and sporty.
But I will be trying - they are both currently enjoying football and when they are old enough to have swimming lessons without me having to get in the pool for every lesson, they will get that (I do like swimming but I don't want to be obliged to get in the pool)
I never did ski-ing when I was young and I was absolutely terrifed when I did the dry slope skiing in later life so that will not be one sport I am taking up. Funnily enough, I said to my 4 year old when we drove past the ski club and saw all the kids having fun, I asked him if that looked like fun and he said it was too dangerous for a boy his age!
I will be joining them for cycling when we can all ride properly (the boys, not me) and hill walking etc.
Seb Coe who is in charge of London olympic said the most important thing parents can do is support kids in their sporting endeavours - to turn up and watch, that kind of stuff.
No I don't think I could handle an ice rink or roller skates - but never say never!
Your ds wants to skate with you? OMG in a few yrs that will probably make him turn red. Take the opportunity to cherish some alone time with him. He will remember it fondly.
This weekend I took the boys sledding in the back yard. We had more grass than snow, but just enough of the white stuff to keep the sled moving. They boys had a blast and I don't know when last I laughed so much.
I can't wait for a real dumping. The day will soon come when they will prefer to go sledding with their friends instead of their 50somethin' years old mom.
I have to confess, Ice skates are TOUGH! I was recently really nervous about just putting them on and standing up. I did pull my roller blades out the other day. I take ds's to the tennis courts when there's no one there and they ride their bikes so it was a perfect opportunity for me to de-rust myself. Still, I agree, it is scary when you haven't been at it for a long time.
I signed my kids up for ice skating lessons, which are a half hour, followed by a half hour of practice skating, and the parents can join the kids for that part. I went out once, and quickly realized that I was terrified of falling and rupturing a disc or something. I was never a very good skater, plus it had been decades since I'd been on the ice, and I was such a nervous wreck I knew I just couldn't do it. I have my bad back as a good excuse. I don't think my kids mind that they are learning from actual, real, accomplished skaters instead of dear old mom.