Here's Chalky White on coaching and helping kids learn to love skiing and have fun:
Kid Learning? Make 'em Laugh!
Ski trips are great for parent/child bonding. But, fact. Mostly, parents want to ski with the kids, more than vice versa. Do you want your young charges to ski with you happily, with little or no protest? The key trick to success is, safety always in mind, make sure skiing is fun, make the kids laugh. But, at the same time, subtly, attempt to keep them developing; remember, efficiently operating skiers become safer skiers.
If your kids have recently taken private or group instruction, ask the instructor to explain, even demonstrate, the main and/or general theme of the coaching. Perhaps, your job is not to coach per se, but to keep the themes of the pro instruction going; usually, best results come from pro inspired instruction. Note: the greatest likelihood of skier success, is in keeping your children, and yourself, under regular pro instruction. Because it is at the very core of skiing skills, knowledgeable ski instructors should place the ROCK, that is athletic stance, at the very core of their coaching.
Why the ROCK? The reality is that, when the ROCK continually strengthens, all other skills tend to strengthen simultaneously. Therefore, when the onus is on you, try to keep keep the ROCK theme a constant. To sum up, when skiing with your youngsters, mostly, concentrate on two areas of technique. They are, the just discussed ROCK of athletic stance (ROCK development tends to accelerate skier development). Secondly, speed control; judge when it's prudent allow enthusiastic youngsters off the 'leash' but, monitor activity and exercise your parental authority, when necessary.
To help you with these two major aspects, I offer the following tips, each dealing with an important point that will help to focus kids. Also, if it's not a strength, some quick reading will offer ideas of how to make the kids have fun and laugh more.
Always Remember: An Advanced/Expert Skier is a Beginner (Kid, or Adult) that Continues to Master the Basics.