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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:29 PM   #1
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My son turned three in September. Someone on the speedteam suggested starting him out on quads. Does anyone have any advice or words of wisdom to share? Any hard learned lessons to pass along? Thanks in advance.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:34 PM   #2
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The key is getting him used to balancing. I saw the cutest size 26 eu boot with a tru-rev 3x84 frame on it. The girl whose boots they were is 3. I started Madeline at just shy of age 5. When she started racing she was about a 1/2 lap behind the girls who had been racing in tiny tots for 2-3 years. At the end of the season all the girls were skating together in a pack for their 300m.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:39 PM   #3
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Thanks, Mark. The tiny skates sound adorable. Would you advise starting at three? Do you think starting at 5 is better? I know that all kids and situations are different. Just curious.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #4
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I'd suggest as early as you feel comfortable. Remember that your reactions to how he falls/gets hurt/etc will mold him. Madeline gets more upset about being pulled from a drill than she does going down and leaving skin on the floor.

Our coach had had a tiny tot boy on the team before, so she felt comfortable having her do the paceline and whatever drills she could.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 09:50 AM   #5
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I'd suggest as early as you feel comfortable.
I agree. My husband and I have always tried to be blase when the kids get fall and get a scrape so whenever my daughter fell skating we tried to treat it the same way. But, about the 15th time that she's fallen in one lesson, I have to start looking away. It gets to be more than my nerves can take but it doesn't seem to be bothering her any more than normal.

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Old October 18th, 2006, 10:37 AM   #6
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I'd suggest as early as you feel comfortable.
I parent the way I skate, fast, yet controlled and smooth. I always show sympathy for the cuts, scrapes and bruises but I never get dramatic. I say, "Oh, that hurts, doesn't it?" The drama just extends the episode. Thanks, Mark.
Well, as long as GBO asked... *proud parent, here*

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Old October 18th, 2006, 10:58 AM   #7
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dammit people, dmorg, get the duct tape out and strap the skates on him and tell him to figure out. If he cries, belt 'em, if the old lady cries, belt her, if your vocal chords arent bleeding by the end of the first practice, belt yerself. Drink a couple forties if you feel your conviction is in doubt. Standing over a crying clump of a child yelling, "Get up you lazy, walrus looking piece of s*** !!!", takes some conviction. (Keep a couple extra forties on hand in case two isn't enough.)

okay, in all seriousness, several times over the years I've purchased actual inline skates that were small enough for a three year old. They are usually the adjustable kind, which is good, but both times they were real inlines that really work like regular skates. Having them learn to stand on them on either carpet or grass is really helpful. Getting them to learn to walk in the skates is how I've taught my soon to be 5 yo. She kind of comes and goes in her interest. It was renewed when the 3 yo discovered the fisher price skates that we have.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 11:07 AM   #8
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Thanks, Speedy, I think I understand now. It sounds like I need to go "Great Santini" on his skinny self! Mix in the lager and we have a recipe for skating success. This is going to be great!
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Old October 18th, 2006, 11:23 AM   #9
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I stole that quote from Full Metal Jacket, but same diff.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 11:38 AM   #10
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"Please sissy, look at the camera before daddy belts us or makes us sleep on the porch again."
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Old October 18th, 2006, 03:00 PM   #12
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Me too!!!

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Thanks.

you guys just got my first smile of the day.

(Jess, yours didn't come out) got it.

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Old October 18th, 2006, 08:34 PM   #14
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And the great news is that I can almost roughhouse with them again!
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Old October 18th, 2006, 09:17 PM   #15
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Getting back to the original topic (but I will stray from it again to post a picture of my little goofball), I agree that you should start him when you are ready, as well as when you see he has a good amount of control of his body, and has the understanding to try again when he falls. Also, if you were thinking quads, I would check around to your local rinks and see if any of them have kid's classes. It helped a LOT when I started my daughter a couple months ago (and she's skating better now then most kids her age in the rink!).

I waited until my daugther was six, just so I knew she would fully grasp that she's okay when she falls, and to just try again. I also wanted to be sure she was at a good age to understand what the teacher in her skating class was saying, as well as making sure she had a good amount of physical control, so she could actually manage to do what she needed to do to skate.

And now, for straying right back off the topic:

A sleepy picture (with my husband):


And a WILD picture:


That's my girl!
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dammit people, dmorg, get the duct tape out and strap the skates on him and tell him to figure out. If he cries, belt 'em, if the old lady cries, belt her, if your vocal chords arent bleeding by the end of the first practice, belt yerself. Drink a couple forties if you feel your conviction is in doubt. Standing over a crying clump of a child yelling, "Get up you lazy, walrus looking piece of s*** !!!", takes some conviction. (Keep a couple extra forties on hand in case two isn't enough.)
DADDY!
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Hey Jessica!
How come Tryst never looks happy about food? JB
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But he is wearing it! Not eating it.

OK, so I'm one of 'those' people who believe that Peeps are edible and not a play thing.
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