Friday, January 3, 2014

Progress Noted on the Sledding Hill

When we go to waterparks, my son insists on wearing his swimming goggles because he is afraid of water being splashed on his face. His anxiety about it causes problems when some parks have policies that forbid the wearing of goggles on their waterslides.

I try to tell Kai that he can close his eyes and it’s no big deal if some water splashes on his face, but a big deal is exactly what it becomes.

No, we did not go to a waterpark this week. But, I thought of his waterpark anxiety the other day on the sledding hill of all places.

It was New Year’s Day, and with a foot of new snow, it was a perfect day to go sledding.

On our first run down, our sled cruised through the fresh powder. Kai and I got sprayed with snow from head to toe. We could barely see. Our faces were freezing.

I prepared for Kai’s eruption.

I tried to make light of the situation, laughing and exclaiming how much snow covered us.

For a second there, I wasn’t sure if Kai was going to lose it or not.

And then he smiled and said, “let’s do it again!”

We made about ten runs down the hill that day, getting sprayed each time. And he loved it!

In fact, he loved it so much he went back the next day with Mom while I was at work, and they did ten more runs.

It’s so nice to start off the new year with this nice little success.


  1. I am envious of your snow. We aren't due more until next week.
    When it is a choice of fear or fun...children will often opt for fun.
    They will eventually find a way to enjoy themselves. Winter magic working its wonders! :)

    1. This has all the makings of a long, hard winter. We've had a lot more snow than usual, which has been nice for sledding, yes. But now we are due for bitter cold with the temps below zero for at least 48 hours consecutively.

  2. Wow...that is some SERIOUS progress! How very exciting!!! :)

    1. I'm not sure it will apply to the water splashing on his face at waterparks, but this is very encouraging!


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