We’ve made the short trek up to Alta the last couple weekends to take the kids skiing. It has been a blast and there were lots of other parents joining us on the endeavor with their kids. All ages, all sizes.
Some parents cheered us on, mentioning how they didn’t start their kids till they were older and regretted it. Other’s had even younger kids than ours that were cruising down the runs. One kid, barely 2 years old, could out ski my 3 1/2 year old, easy.
There are many opinions on how, why and WHEN we should start our kids out in certain sports. One ski instructor was cautioning a parent to make it as fun as possible, “because skills learned between the ages of two and five don’t make much a difference in a kid’s ability level when they are older.” Other parents ran around like drill sergeants (and I must admit I tend to be like this) instructing, teaching and even nagging on perfect form. On the other end of the spectrum, I chatted with two parents who were innocently asking how our kids were doing. They mentioned that they weren’t starting their kids till they were older cause they were afraid if they started them too early, they would hate skiing.
So with the wide variety of opinions, I guess I want to ask my readers this question, “is there an age to young to start skiing? or any other sport for that matter?” What things do you take into account before starting your kids in a sport?