Hilarity on Ice

With winter and children comes skating. Mathias has been bugging us to go skating for a while, so we finally bought more skates and helmets so that all the boys would have some. We figured it would probably be safer for Naomi not to have any yet, and judging by all the flailing about, that was the right call.

The outdoor rinks in our area are now good to go, so we headed out. It’s amazing how quickly the kids will get ready when they want to do something. I think it took us longer to get the skates, snacks, water bottles, and diaper bag ready. What took the longest was switching the new pair of skates from the inline configuration they came as to the ice skate configuration.

That is a neat invention, as a kid I remember only single purpose skates. Another new thing now is the easy-adjustment. When I was young the biggest problem I had was that I didn’t know how to properly tie skates. I don’t know if there actually is a proper way, but everyone always talked as if there was. Maybe they were pulling my leg, I don’t know.

When we stepped out on the ice hilarity ensued. Isaiah mostly just laid down, Naomi shuffled about and purposely fell. Mathias and Noah were all arms and legs spinning around and falling. It’s a good thing this is winter and they were wearing snow suits. We did not end up wearing helmets, because with all the toques and scarves the helmets would have just been a hindrance, and they had enough padding on as it was.

It was only -6 C out, but with the prairie wind whipping across the open spaces around the rink, it felt much colder. We were not planning on staying out that long, knowing the younger ones would not last in the cold. The problem with outside activities in the winter is that those under three years old most likely cannot tell you that they are cold or their fingers and toes are freezing.

The older two had a great time, but it ended when Mathias fell and hurt his knee. It was just a normal bump, but when kids get upset about something it’s the end of the world. He was done, that is until we were back in the van, then he wanted to keep skating. It’s funny how that works.

As far as outings go, I call it a success. It was their first time skating, and the older two were getting the hang of it. I can foresee that being a free outdoor rink we’ll be going a lot this winter.

If you have never taken your kids skating yet, you should definitely do it, you’ll get your fill of laughter, and it gets the kids out of the house which is important in the winter. It is far too easy in the winter to just want to hibernate. If you make outdoor winter activities fun, the kids will want to do it more often, which will make it easier over time.

I didn’t want to take them skating at first, because I am a hibernator and a creature of comfort, but I’m so glad we did. We had so much fun, and the kids will leave us alone for a bit. Win-win.

Published by jrdobbin

I am a father of four, married for eight years. I live and play in Alberta, Canada.

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