On Family Day this year we took the kids tobogganing on the hill at Jeff Healey Park with their cousins: It was fun, interesting and exhausting....
9 Things About Tobogganing with Toddlers (or our toddlers anyway)
- A hill becomes significantly steeper when you are pulling up a toboggan and a toddler passenger who refuses to walk, especially when cousins "hop-on" half way up the hill for a free ride back to the top.
- The hill becomes even more Mount Everestesque when said toddler refuses to hold onto the sled, rolling off and you have to carry them under your arm like a football.
- You will lose at least one mitten, glove or hat (Thanks to Aunt M. for retrieving Jack's bear hat for us).
- Compact cars are not built to transport old timey toboggans, every time we hit a bump on the drive over we got to experience a new radio station, CD or tape courtesy of the rear end of the toboggan. Our sled favours Depeche Mode and light jazz.
- If you are not fast enough getting eager toddlers back down the hill they will quite literally attempt to throw themselves down the hill solo, sleds be damned - Jack.
- Children do not care about crashing into other children, in fact most of the time they find it kind of funny.
- No matter how many times a child giggles and yells "More, More!" at the bottom of the hill, you may still need to give them a pep talk when you get back to the top - Molly.
- They will pee their pants and it will freeze.
- Tobogganing doesn't end when the kids get tired, it ends when the parents have had enough.