Well, the kids tried out their new (used) ice skates on January 1 at a nearby outdoor ice rink. The weather wasn't ideal -- cold and windy -- but they stayed out on the ice for nearly two hours. As the video of B shows (below), they're still honing their skating technique.
Teaching children to skate is good practice for raising them. We hold onto their hands, providing them steadying support, moving alongside them. But our ultimate goal is not to hold on, but to let go, so they can glide along under their own power.