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Kids and Extreme Sports: Perfect Pair or Perfectly Dangerous? (Videos)

By Meghan Gesswein |

As a family, I would consider us fairly sports-minded. Which is to say that we enjoy both playing and watching sports. When it comes down to it though, our favorite sports are pretty mellow. Baseball and golf are probably our top two, with soccer being the only other official activity in which our kids have been enrolled. I’m not going to even include swim lessons in the mix, because at this age it can hardly be considered a sport. (I’m 99% sure that “doggie paddle” will never be an Olympic event.)

However, there are kids out there who have not only tried their hand at so-called extreme sports, but have managed to become pretty accomplished athletes in their field. I am both in awe of their amazing abilities … and completely terrified for their safety. I can not imagine being the parent of a young athlete who has taken on an extreme sport.

Take a look at the videos below and then tell me, would you encourage your kids to try their hand at an extreme sport? Would you be a proud parent cheering on the sidelines at a kid-centered “X Games” or would you be in a back room suffering a mild panic attack? I think I would be somewhere in the middle. Either way, though, these kids have some amazing talent and should be proud of their abilities.

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Kids and Extreme Sports: Perfectly Paired or Perfectly Dangerous

Skiing

As someone who grew up on the slopes at our little local ski area, I feel safe saying that I was a fairly decent child skier. However, these kids put me to shame: the girl featured here is just six years old and taking on the slopes like a pro! I've never been so impressed. Or so happy to see kids wearing helmets while skiing.

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Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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