Getting your child up on skates for the first time can be such an exciting rite of passage. Children love the freedom that comes with the gliding or ‘flying’ for the first time. Parents love it too, although the feelings are more complicated as the excitement is often accompanied by feelings of anxiety. We worry about the inevitable bumps and bruises that come with skating.
If your child wants to try skating, you want to first ask some questions. Do they want to skate indoors or outdoors? Will they wear the helmet and pads? What kind of skates do they have in mind? All these questions can give you a sense if your child is ready to try skating. The answers can also let you know if it’s something you’re prepared to take on. The parent has to be prepared too.
Skating can be an excellent way for a child to not only learn balance and agility but to get exercise and get those muscles moving.
Who knows, maybe you could get a pair yourself and make it the new family activity.