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09-18-2007, 09:27 AM
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Definitely ditch the double runners. They have no edges; all kids can do on them is inch forward, if that. Unless she wants to play hockey, I'd start out with figure skates as they're usually a bit easier for kids to start out on. The toe pick on the figure skate lets them "walk", which is what most beginners do initially, and the rounded front on a hockey skate will dump a kid forward onto the ice if they try that. Have her pick her feet up and down and march to move forward. The drawback with figure skates is that the cheap ones sold in sporting-goods stores have very little ankle support, but three- and four-year-olds don't need tons of ankle support because they just don't weigh much.

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