I recently bought skates for my two-year-old, who now asks daily if she can skate, and cries on the days that I tell her no.
I waffled for quite some time on this one. I definitely didn't want to spend the money on skates for a toddler, and given how little she weighs, she certainly doesn't need any more support than the rental skates offer.
However, there was something to be said for the convenience of being able to put skates on at home, rather than having to wait in line for rentals, etc.
After looking for used skates and coming to the realization that the reason I couldn't find any is that no normal person with feet that small would own their own figure skates, I finally found a pair of new skates in the right size on eBay. I love eBay for the thrill of the bargain. Even when I know I didn't get the best possible deal, I can walk away with the satisfaction of fighting a reasonably good fight.
And so now I have a child who is very proud of her very own skates with pink guards (because the color of the guards is critically important at the phase when Dora the Explorer is your primary role model), and an insatiable desire to do swizzles and "go fast" on the ice.
I was feeling a little bad about spending $40 on new skates for my little one, until I heard about my friend. His kids are going to camp in Connecticut, where they will be doing various water sports including swimming and sailing.
He bought them a boat.
And I feel so much better.