Winter in Central Park

It is one of those perfect winter days. The sun is strong, the air is crisp and fresh and the city looks beautiful.

We tried to take Cookie ice skating in Wollman Rink. She lasted about 30 seconds.

But stepping foot into Wollman Rink is like transporting yourself to Colorado for a few minutes. Helicopter parents abound- “Son, I want to teach you that hockey stop before the day is out…. I really want you to perfect your crossovers today…”Hahahaha! For the record, I had one of those when it came to winter sports. My dad used to take us skiing, drop us onto double black diamonds and make us eat cheese sandwiches and granola bars on the chairlifts. Stopping for lunch was for wusses.(I now realize that this was probably more motivated by cheapness than enthusiasm: as in- Im paying for this vacation they better ski every single second of it and Im not wasting $50 on lunch!) My dad lived in Aspen for 6 years during his 20s so he was our ski idol and I actually thought that is what the real skiers did- ate sandwiches on chairlifts. I tried to inflict this on my husband and he laughed in my face!

My dad was also very big on the ice skating. I had my own skates every year, of course, and weekly lessons on Saturday nights. I loved it.

For some reason, as a family we never embraced the team sports. Basketball, baseball, football…. all a no go at my house. Dad was very into skiing, running, horseback riding, skating, swimming, he even used to take us to the gun range because he thought it was important that we learn how to handle a weapon “just in case.” So we can all run, shoot and ski, but none of us can throw or catch a ball. Go figure.

Anyway, having kids is so much fun because you get new pleasure out of doing all these things again… I cant wait till Cookie is old enough!

Face down snow angels like  on “The Ice Cream Snow day” on Cloudy with a chance of meatballs! Just dont eat the yellow snow!

The Dairy & Gift Shop

I love this picture… Its so New York. And PS, you can see how awful the snow is when you are not in the park!

Any childhood memories that you want to share? Have a great Sunday everyone!

(Speaking of pareneting styles has anyone read the Amy Chua’s article in the WSJ entitled “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior?” and the responses from other western style moms? The article is so INTENSE it kind of left me in shock. I recognize a lot of truth in what Amy Chua, a professor at Yale, said about the different expectations and cultural norms that allows each cultures mothers to behave differently, but WOW. I definitely think there are ways to motivate your child without berating them and denying them food!  And for the record, the UES and NYC in general is FILLED with demanding non-chinese parents who shuttle their kids from activities all day, for whom which anything less than Princeton, Harvard, Yale is not Ivy enough… I definitely heard the “What happened to the other 2 points line” when I brought home a 98. I also dont think success can or should be measured ONLY by academic accomplishments… I think the key to raising successful adults is introducing them to activities, interests and hobbies that will last a lifetime. I’d love to hear what you guys think about these articles! )

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  1. What sweet photos of a perfect winter day. It’s the same here- my favourite type of wintery goodness- sunny and crisp. We just came in from some snow angels in the backyard and there is just something about bundling up for winter that takes you back. xo

  2. Gorgeous -not a big fan of the cold but this makes me want to come to New York in the winter. Beautiful pictures.

  3. shlomit says:

    great pictures! we have plenty of that here too, in Toronto.

  4. The mental picture I have of your dad is making me laugh! I’m definitely the “$50 lunch” and my husband is “cheese sandwiches on the chairlift”. The last time I went skiing was probably 20 years ago. My sister, brother and I met my parents as the top of the mountain for a “$50 lunch”. They started waving to us kids from the chairlift and forgot about jumping off. The chairs started to make a turn so my dad grabbed my mom’s arm and jumped, mid air off the lift. Of course, they hit the ground and instead of anyone helping them up, the lift workers basically kicked them out of the way of the other skiiers. My mom split her snowsuit and we were of course crying laughing. As I type this my eyes are welling up at the memory!

  5. Lauren says:

    When I was younger we would go sleigh riding at the local elementary school where they had some small hills that were perfect for young kids. The only exception was that there were random benches at the bottom of the hills. One year my dad decided to spice things up and tells my brother and I ( I was 5, he was 10) that he was going to push the sleigh toward the benches and when we got close to lay back so we would go right under it. Not the greatest idea. He pushes us really fast and as we’re going down the hill I think my father calls out my name and I forget to lean back! I hit my head on that bench going full speed!! My father initially couldn’t stop laughing but then realized that his 5 year old almost lost her head lol

  6. Sounds like your dad was smart about sports — he was instilling a love of individual sports that you could do throughout your whole life without having to rely on team sports that often don’t last longer than high school. College, if you’re extremely lucky and talented. That’s my goal for Jude – to introduce him to an healthy activity or two that he’ll enjoy his whole life. I am not interested in being at offered from now til 2025.

    I love these pix and I love reading about your life in NYC. It’s a magical, wonderful city. Even moreso in the snow!

  7. Great pictures, Nicole!
    My 12 year old has been playing ice hockey for the last 5 years and I am amazed at what he can do on those skates!
    I sucked at skiing, so I have always hated it.


  8. Emily says:

    Pretty pics, thank you.

    I love how every time I read about the Tiger Mother, her name is always followed with:a Yale professor. As if that particular occupation gives her any more insight into the crap shoot that is parenting. She’s an academic. Who also happens to be a high strung parent. I went to a pretty intense liberal art college in New England, found a major I loved and immersed myself. As I got to know my professors, brilliant, helpful and good people on the whole (on the whole; there were a few big exceptions). They were also ALL egomaniacs. Al of them. Without exception. They lived in they’re tiny little world, often as the rulers. Wrote books (that never really sold). Lectured. And were considered the resident experts.

    I wonder if Amy Chua was a professor at Fitchburg State would she have gotten to step one with the whole Tiger Mother crap: publicly praising herself for producing accomplished kids (on paper anyway, because it really all comes out in the wash when kids become adult children and need to REALLY function, as opposed to perform). I’ve seen parents like her plenty of times: I’ve seen the hardline approach work. And also backfire…big time.

    • Emily says:

      Excuse my typos. Damn auto correct iPad. :)

      • Nicole Cohen says:

        I was thinking that too. How can she already say her kids are a “success” I know plenty of kids that got straight A’s, were complete overachievers in school, and ended up as pretty lost adults who are STILL finding themselves and kind of going through the teen angst thing now – what we all went through as teenagers.

        I always think to myself, unless you want to become an academic, excelling at school is not the only skill you will need. And you are totally right- academia is a world unto itself. And a very strange world too.

  9. oh my god so pretty. central park is like a movie set to me.