The Scooter Wars
OK, let me start by saying (not apologizing, just saying) that this is not the most intellectual of posts. I have this 5 year old who desperately needs a new bike. She's outgrown her old one, and my 4 year old is jonesing for it. Her birthday's coming up, and we thought it would be a good time to get her a bike. (great parenting skills we have, I know) Except now, she's decided she wants a scooter instead, because she thinks it would be easier than a bike. She has never ridden a scooter in her life - she has no real idea as to how hard or easy it would be. So do I get her a scooter and let her figure out that it's harder than it looks? (Maybe they're easier than they look, I don't know. Scooters were not around when I was 5.) Do I get her a bike and make her learn to ride it well, thus to teach her that effort pays off? Or do I simply get her both and raise a materialistic monster? Ok, I've ruled out that last one. But I do not want to foster the idea that easier is better, she often chooses the easy way already, and it kills me. I haven't really priced scooters vs. bikes, so the whole decision might be taken out of my hands and decided by the financial gods anyway. ARE scooters easier than bikes? She brings up the scooter idea daily, saying she needs it before her birthday (which is SO not going to happen - whining does not work for me). I don't know which side I am on in the scooter vs. bike wars. O wise Mommies in Mormondom, is there a right answer here?