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Old 03-29-2012, 03:39 AM   #31 (permalink)
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What age should a kid be before drinking coffee and lifting weights?
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I don't think you can be too young...I'm starting my kids before they can walk. Tethered of course though.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:05 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I've gone through four pages of post and the original question was, is there a physiological reason, developmental reason. Not does a 5 year old have the skill to do it. I was told it had to do with hip development 2nd hand.
I don't think you're going to get the science proven answer you're looking for from a bunch of snowboarders. I'm not making any claim here, but don't we encourage kids of all ages to get outside and play? I could see if they focused on one sport or one exercise too long it may have a weird effect on their body (disproportionate growth), but I don't think snowboarding 10-20 times a year would do that.

You probably need to talk to a doctor if you're worried about their health.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:17 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Should anyone really drink coffee?

Lifting weights probably 13-15 depending on where the kids at with their growth cycle.... Younger should do just body weight type exercises, like snowboarding.....

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THIS MAKES MY HEART SMILE!!!

I've seen some kids that are about her size running all over the mountain having a freakin blast. They look great! Usually they look like they're 5-6 though... Man I started when I was 11 I wish I started earlier!
Agreed. It makes me sad too. I wanted to wait until my son was 4. I should have started him this year. Ah well, time to start gear shopping for next winter.
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My daughter turned 2 this March. Knowing what I know about a 2 year old I would never start her on a snowboard.

As an adult I find snowboarding ridiculously hard to grasp. Wherein as with skiing I see little kids who pick it up real quick. When all you have to do is explain how to snow plow with skiing it makes it quick for them to be able to figure out how to go from the top of the hill to the bottom. Then learning how to turn by shifting weight on one ski then back to the other, its easy to get to skills to go up and down the bunny hill.

For me, learning how to snowboard was pretty technical and I don't think a 2 year old would be able to figure it out.

That being said I am going to get her on some skis next winter along with my wife and some lessons. While they are figuring that out I am going to hit up some snowboard lessons.

Once my daughter has skied for a couple seasons I will let her try snowboarding if she wants to.

We have a short season being in S/W Ontario so she will likely take longer to pick it up.

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A 3 year old will learn faster than an adult. If they want to learn it.... Just as fast a skiing.
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I have no specific medical knowledge here but my 7 year old girl took it up no problem and could have easily done so at 6, or 5 years old.

Keep it fun and sessions not too long, we made use of lessons a lot so the kids could learn skills from teachers and ride for fun with us.
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A 3 year old will learn faster than an adult. If they want to learn it.... Just as fast a skiing.
+1, in fact I'd say the initial learning curve happens faster on a board. My guess would be 3-4 days on average to get to the point where you're not heelsliding everything, and 10+ days on skis to get away from snowplowing.

As you can see from the previous poster, even at 3 kids can totally "get" the idea of snowboarding.
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