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Skatefest 2013: Time to hit the ice!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:17am
Ice skaters!

Our family traded our shoes for ice skates Monday night at Skatefest 2013. Well, four of us did. My husband opted to observe, socialize, and take pictures to document our fun. I happily escorted the kids around the rink for an hour and a half. Everyone made great progress in their ice skating skills over the course of the evening, though it's interesting to see how their experiences were shaped by their personalities.

My 7-year-old son is a go-getter, and took off on his own for the most part. He doesn't let the possibility of falling hold him back. By the end of the session, he was counting how many times he made it around the rink without falling. He had also taken it upon himself, with a friend, to assist other skaters who had fallen. Sometimes in his helping, he fell, but he explained that the falling “doesn't count if you're helping someone.” Fair enough.

My 9-year-old daughter is a careful perfectionist. Falling is not an option for her, so she clung to the wall to skate. Secretly I wished she would have a little fall just to see that it would be okay. She would let go of the wall as long as I held her hand.

Her balance was actually quite good, and it reminded me of when she was first learning to walk. At some point, we knew she could walk on her own, but for weeks she insisted on holding someone's finger in order to walk. She needed that extra assurance and confidence. Before we finished I did convince my daughter to let go and skate on her own a little.

My 4-year-old is full speed ahead, and had a blast on the ice even with his feet flailing in every direction, with yours truly holding him up. I had him practice along a small section of the wall, going onto the ice through one entrance and out the next. By the end of the evening it was much easier for me to escort him around the entire rink, as he was starting to have some balance and control.

It was great to see the kids have so much fun while working on a skill and making progress with it. They were all so proud of themselves. And they definitely slept well that night!

Skatefest 2013 lasts through January 4 at the Savannah Civic Center. Tickets are $7 per person for a 1.5 hour session. Click here for the complete schedule: http://savannahga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3920

 

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