Raise a Skier and Soccer Player Edith Thys Morgan
A skier and soccer player have huge commonalities. Muscle groups, mindset instinct… The list is too long to rattle off. I’d rather make reference of a sweet article that Edith Thys Morgan wrote for the Ski Magazine Noovember 2010 issue. It was “The Family Issue.” With all the things going on in my family with a 2-year old and a new morn, this issue is the one that has never rotated out of the bathroom. It’s pages are wrinkled and warped and permanently curled backward and dog-eared. I will have to wash my hands in a few minutes after perusing it yet again. I love the things in life that are universally true and their facts can be applied to numerous things. Hence this awesome soccer player and skier blog.
Here is what Edith Thys Morgan,former U.S. Olympian has to say about raising her children to love skiing so that they can have a “Skiing Family.” As you read this, substitute the word “skiing,” for your favorite discipline to get what you need out of this.
If you do what she does, you will have an “ahhhhh-moment” where all your efforts pay off and you can have the life you have imagined, from then on.- Check this out…!
1. Be cheerful in the process your teaching. When kids sense frustration in you, they hone in for the kill like sharks do with blood in the water. Keep it fun and never let on that you would rather be doing anything else like ripping 3 feet of new pow.
“Rolling around in the snow, making snowballs, watching chipmunks- As long as it was done with ski boots on, it counted as a ski day.”
2.Bribery Works! Fill your pockets with bite-sized treats to stave-off melt-downs. Gummi Bears, M & M’s Tootsie Rolls.. they work great and a cherry cough-drop will work in a pinch.
3. Limit the options. Keep it pleasant but autocratic with “either-or” choices rather than “yes or no” options. Example: “do you want to put on your left or right boot first?” as opposed to, “Do you want to put on your boots now?”
4. Used is Useful! Hand-me-down gear with the names of older cousins or siblings on them are cool. These kids look up to their older counter parts and they appreciate being able to ride “So-and-so’s” old skis.
5. Know when to quit. Stop when the kids say “stop,” or you know they have had enough. You are much more likely going to be able to get them out skiing again if their most recent memory was not a battle over it.
Is this some sweet, simple truth for you? I hope you think so.
Don’t just wait to play soccer or for the snow to start falling to apply it with your soccer player or skier. Pick a couple of these to start with your family members/students today.
Edith’s “AHHHHH-moment” was when her whole family was on the lift and everybody was smiling.
Plus, please tweet and share this and “like” it and comment. There are starving kids in Africa that can’t ski or play soccer so don’t waste this opportunity to share!
I also want to say Thank You to Atomic for helping me to roll around in the snow, make snowballs, watch chipmunks- As long as I do it with Atomic ski boots on!
You guys are awesome!
I don’t want to stiff ya, without a video. This IS a video blog after all. -Watch Kids Who Rip!