Drew and I were trying to think of what new outdoor summer thing we should get for Hannah this year. Something for her to get plenty of exercise and something that she will be able to do and enjoy for the rest of her life. We considered a "big girl" bike, a T ball set (that might still happen this year), among a few other things. What we chose were skates after Hannah started saying she wanted a pair.
So.. we pick up a pair of adjustable training inline skates and all the padding you can imagine. When we got home we adjusted everything (while Hannah tried to be as patient as possible) and let Hannah try them on. The first time went pretty well, Hannah went from barely being able to stand while I supported most of her weight to being able to move slowly across our small kitchen. The next night we went outside and she tested out the skates on the driveway. She did pretty well, I think she did better than I ever did all those years in school "learning" how to skate. I told her as much.
She did take one pretty big spill on the driveway. One which I thought might make her decide to never put the skates on ever again, because the fall actually hurt a little. Luckily without realizing it, I knew what to say to help her get up and keep going. I told her "Don't let the skates beat you. Tell these skates that they don't win." She thought that was funny and after I helped her up she told those skates that they don't win and she kept trying.