I grew up an athlete and I longed for the day that my children could enjoy all that sports have to offer. One of my dreams came true last year when Braden started skating lessons and then this year he was able to start hockey, so he was on the ice twice a week and it was awesome! I did skating lessons as a child which eventually lead to a love of figure skating which lead to private lessons and the competition route. Before I got competitively into skating, I loved playing soccer. I was able to play soccer and figure skate simultaneously until grade 6 and then I had to choose—there just wasn’t enough time to do two competitive sports, and I chose skating.
I kind of chose poorly…
I didn’t know that I would end up being over 6 feet tall, which isn’t exactly the ideal body type for figure skating! I retired in high school (as the basketball coach eagerly scouted me to play on the junior varsity team) and I excitedly started soccer (both indoor and outdoor) again and had an absolute blast. I also played rugby and ended up winning MVP on our high school team. Figure skater to rugby player—who knew!
Well, now I’ve just registered Braden for his first year of soccer and I am so excited to watch him learn. Even though that is a picture of Ethan, I got the boys a soccer ball last year and they love playing with it and Braden was thrilled when I told him that he was going to play soccer this year. “I’ve always wanted to play soccer!” he exclaimed happily! He’s also going to be playing T-ball in town again this year (not in a league, just running around outside learning the basics) so we’ll be getting good doses of fresh air and vitamin D.
Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin that plays a vital role in bone growth and maintenance because it helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. As a Canadian, it’s really hard to get enough natural vitamin D in the winter which is why it’s so important to supplement in kids, otherwise low levels of vitamin D can cause rickets. Egg yolks are also one of the only food that naturally produce vitamin D!
I’ve been giving the kids IronKids Calcium which is fortified with vitamin D—we need strong bones for all the sports we are going to be playing and it’s good for the teeth too. You can enter to win 1 bottle of the IronKids Vitamin D and 1 bottle of IronKids Calcium. You may enter this giveaway across many blogs, but may only win on a single blog and you must be a resident of Canada.
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