Pyrrhic Victories: What’s A Mom To Do?

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When our son was  9 years old, he placed second overall for the season in our local ski racing club. It was his first year of racing and he was absolutely thrilled. His coaches congratulated him, breaking the good news with smiles, hugs and a round of M&Ms and high fives. I was, to say […]

Professional Skier Zack Giffin Skis Large, Lives Tiny

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When Zack Giffin was growing up in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado, he had a lot of important men in his life. First, there was his grandfather, a man who loved to drive, especially in the mountains. “We lived about 40 minutes from Eldora,” explains Zack. “And my grandfather would take me skiing because he […]

Even When I Feel Like a Loser, It Turns Out I’m A Winner

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On October 10th, I was feeling sorry for myself. It was raining —again – a not uncommon experience in Colorado during the fall of 2013. My husband was in Aspen partying with friends from college, many of them my friends too, but since it was a “guy thing,” I was at home. My kids were […]

Turning Kids Loose: When, Where and How?

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When our oldest son was six, I lost him. He ducked into the trees while we were skiing and he didn’t come out. When he didn’t come out, I was torn. Should I leave his three year-old brother on the groomed slope and go into the trees to search for him? Should I stay with […]