sports not pushing but ......

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Registered: 06-16-2007
sports not pushing but ......
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Sat, 06-16-2007 - 12:10am
I have a 4 year old and she wanted to ice skate and play soccer. well the soccer not yet but I went ahead and got her an ice skating trainer because my butt is flat enough without falling on ice. The first two or three lessons were great but now Jade(my daughter) is not paying attintion and wondering off from the teacher. The teacher is well.... not a mom so she dose not know how to say "get over here little miss thing" in that way that says im not even kiding. When I tell Jade we can call it a day and just not do it she says she wants to skate and wants to be with her teacher. So how do I get her or tell her she needs to get with it and pay attintion without being one of those pushy moms that make it no fun?
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Registered: 10-16-2006
Sat, 06-16-2007 - 3:50am

She doesn't necessarily want to learn what the teacher is teaching...she just wants to skate. If she's skating around in circles, she's having fun. If she's being taught to skate backwards, jump, twirl, scribe figure eights....maybe that's too much for her.

Instead of paying a teacher, maybe you could bring a FRIEND along next time, and they can skate together, instead of doing whatever maneuvers the teacher is trying to teach her. She'd probably have a lot of fun.

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Sat, 06-16-2007 - 10:53am
I agree with you 100% but its not anything like that right now its just learning to stay up on her feet. if she could just skate a little where she was safe ide let her just go out on her own but right now it just seems unsafe. I agree all the way though I mean its not the whole figure skating I want her to learn just the basics. But when I even say ok we will just thell miss Jennifer nevermind and not to come to teach you she says "no I want miss Jennifer to come" so I have no idea.
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Sun, 06-17-2007 - 9:59am

It looks like she wants to have fun with Miss Jennifer, but that her mind does wander a bit. She just might not be ready for a regimented "everyone has to do the same thing at the same time" kind of lesson.

To her, just being out there on the ice, skating around, (no matter where she's skating), means that she's "with Miss Jennifer", learning how to skate.

Unless it's dangerous to let her wander from the group (and at that age, a simple fall isn't very dangerous), I'd probably say to just let her wander for a bit, and every few minutes, call her back into the main group and keep her on task for as long as she can stand. If she wanders away again, she wanders away.

Good luck, whichever way you decide to go!