I thought toddler skating would be so much fun for Little MPB. He absolutely loves all things hockey. He plays with hockey sticks all the time. His favourite books are all about hockey. So, teaching him to skate just seemed like a natural fit.
Oh, how wrong we were!!
We went to his first skating lesson. We signed him in and went to the locker room. We put on his little skates. He stood up and instantly started walking around (with a little bit of help). He was so happy.
But then, his helmet went on. And, all bets were off.
He completely and utterly freaked out. As in, inconsolable epic melt-down.
We tried taking him towards the ice, hoping it would distract him enough to get him to refocus his attention on actually skating. It did not work.
We tried walking him up and down the hallway. Nope, he was having none of it.
We tried carrying him up and down the hallway. Again, he was not calming down.
We even gave him space to feel all the emotions when he threw himself face first on the ground and threw a real full-blown temper-tantrum for all those around to watch.
Finally, we gave in and took off his helmet. He calmed down slightly, but was still upset.
We calmly explained to him that the helmet was a requirement of going skating. He refused to let us put the helmet back on.
We took off his skates and went home. Needless to say, we are already unsure of next week’s lesson. Any tips for how to get a kid to wear a helmet?
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