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! )