Ds plays hockey. Dd has been to ds's games and practices since she was a baby. She says she would like to play, as a toddler she cried to go on ice with ds.
This year I put her in skating lessons. She absolutely refuses to stand on the ice. At home she says she wants to learn, but when she gets there she starts crying, and I have to insist on her going on the ice. She can stand well on the ice as long as the instructor holds her hand or has her hand on dd's shoulder, but when dd realizes the instructor took her hand off, she sits down and starts sobbing. She says she's afraid of falling. I encourage her as much as I can, I point out that ALL the kids are falling down, even the adults (there are skating lessons for adults at the same time on the ice), that falling down is a GOOD thing, this is how you learn... She seems convinced, but at the next lesson we go through the same scenario again.
I want dd to know how to skate. I'm not debating whether she needs to learn or not; she will learn. But I would like to find the gentlest way to do it.
Should I just go with her and let stay off the ice until she's ready to join her group?
Should I withdraw her (or let her finish the course - we have a couple of lessons left) until next year when she's older?
Should I insist and register her in the next session?
Any BTDT stories welcome...