The Risks and Rewards of Sharing Hobbies with Children

One of the joys of parenthood is when you realize you can start inflicting your hobbies on your children.

So you do.

Then, one of the great disappointments of parenthood can be when you realize that children have the ability to take your cherished hobby and turn it into a puddle of miserable with a constant stream of whining and tears.

On the other hand, one of the great joys of parenthood can be when you introduce one of your hobbies to your children, and they like it. A lot.

You never know exactly which of these to expect when you embark on a new activity with your kids. (I have the feeling I was guilty of the former on more than one occasion. Sorry IMG_20150201_105736Mom and Dad.)

This weekend, I took my son cross-country skiing for the first time. He absolutely loved it. We did a short little practice loop, and it quickly became clear he was ready for more. We did over 2.2km on the first time out. Of course he had a few falls, but didn’t let that bother him for one second. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, he couldn’t get enough.

This opens up a new option for winter activities for him, and it will also encourage me to get out more!


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