|Originally posted by FastMan:
In fact, I had many students who in the programs I ran who had instructor parents, and very few of those parents would have had enough technical knowledge to properly teach their kids to race at a high level, or the ability to provide a productive visual model for their kids to emulate. It serves kids much better to get them away from Mom and Dad instructor as soon as possible so they can begin learning from race coaches (if the program they have access to has quality coaches) and mimicing the technique of older racers in the program and the coach. Most instructor parents know this is true and freely admit it.[/QB]
I agree wholeheartedly that parents who teach skiing need to avoid teaching their kids.....up to a point!
Kids are certainly born mimics. Robin May and I both have daughters the same age. We talked at length last winter that many of the kids in our local race program had become somewhat one dimensional. His daughter was in our excellent race program while our family had chosen a slightly different path. The young racers certainly could get their ski on edge, however, there was a lot of A-framing and a lot of static positions. Perhaps this is merely a local anomaly.
I also became concerned when I saw kids from local race programs skiing in bumps or off piste. In a word, their carving/tipping/gate skills did not translate well in varying conditions. The kids who hung around our pipe and played in the trees would blow the speed suits off the race kids every time we got more than a dusting of snow, in busted powder, wind slab, or bumps.
I have put my kids development in the hands of a well known PSIA examiner who frequents this site. I suggest there are various ways to teach a kid to ski other than getting them away from mom and dad and "learning from race coaches." Kids get lots of competition from soccer, swimming, baseball. I feel certain the instructor I have chosen can provide a pretty good visual picture for my daughter to emulate and has the technical background to help her achieve whatever goals she seeks.
So many parents plug their kids into race programs. What if junior simply does not want to compete?
yuki, I salute the sacrifices you are making for your kid. My daughter swims year round and we spend a lot on coaching, meet fees, travel, $200.00 swim suits (yes....they cost that much!) I have to remind myself at times to strike a balance. I would suggest that if you love teaching don't give it up.
Now my comment about...."to a point."
I worked very hard for the past four years to make skiing with dad fun. I steadfastly refused to offer any advice to my daughter. At age 48, I realized I may not present a particularly good visual for a ten year old to mimic. The old man can crawl through bumps and manage to get down an intermediate slope in one piece (as long as it's groomed real well and I'm on a real short pair of slalom skis) Finally one Sunday on a chair my daughter burst into tears and said, "dad, you teach people to ski all week and work as a trainer with instructors. How come you won't ever give me a lesson?"
It was the happiest day of my life.[ August 12, 2003, 07:26 AM: Message edited by: Rusty Guy ]