Haha, I'm in the same boat right now. I've been shopping hard for a board for my 8 year old boy, sticks for mom, and working on talking my 10 year girl into a board (over skis). I've just been looking for a board they will like to look at, found the boy a Star Wars Burton, haven't found one yet for the girl. I know for sure I'm only shopping for used for the first season. That's probably my best tip in this rambling post.
"my only interest in statistics is in not becoming one"