To teach kids skating, Ludhiana moms join in

Mothers thronging to the Ludhiana skating rink, located near leisure valley, seem to have found a novel way to teach their kids the nuances of skating: join in. And apart from helping their children, the women say it helps them keep fit and kill time.

As coach J S Dhaliwal, who has been coaching kids in the sport for many years, points out, this is a new trend. "I was reluctant to allow the mothers, but a few were insistent. So I allowed them to learn skating along with their kids. As of now, three mothers are learning and they are doing good," Dhaliwal said.

Among them is Kavitha, the mother of two daughters, who has been learning the sport over past week.

"I enrolled my six and a half year old daughter Anushka for the skating class in evening and I used to stay back at the waiting area for an hour. So I requested the coach to allow me to learn as well and I can slide a bit now," she says.

Another is Simmi, whose 4-year-old daughter has enrolled for classes. She says she was encouraged after looking at Kavita. "I have not yet told anyone at home, so I will give them a surprise. I have been learning skating for the past 5 days and I am really enjoying it," Simmi says. The third mother to have enrolled is Gagan, whose 4-year-old is learning the sport. "I need to buck up my daughter in the skating rink, so I decided to join. This way she can feel more confident. She is no doing better than me, but gradually I too will run along with her," she laughs.

"Learning has no age, and it is good that women are keeping themselves fit along with their kids," Dhaliwal says.

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