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wanderingwondering · 20/08/2015 23:03

Dd has finally learned to ride her bike 18 months after getting it for her 5th birthday.
However inevitably it's now on the small side and if, as we'd like to, we are to go out for more bike rides she could do with a bigger one.
Her younger brother has an Isla bike (also birthday present) and we are so impressed with it that we'd like dd to have one too.
So AIBU to splash out a birthday /christmas level of spending 'just because'?
The money isn't really an issue-we'd probably get it second hand and sell it on anyway. It's just the fact that she will get a big ticket item without any occasion-will it de value future birthday/Christmas presents? (We don't go over the top)
Will it be unfair to her brother?
Do we treat it very low key eg-'oh, here's a bigger bike for you' rather than 'oh wow, a new bike!'
Am I overthinking this (likely!)

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YouBastardSockBalls · 20/08/2015 23:06

I would get the bike, then do the 'oh look, so and so has given us their old bike as you're too big for yours, how kind and convenient' then just get on with it.

We are all keen bike riders so needing a bigger bike is like needing bigger shoes in my view :)


arethereanyleftatall · 20/08/2015 23:10

Get the bike definitely. Maybe my kids are a bit spoilt, but I don't see bikes as presents. It's exercise and we get to the shops quicker. Also, it seems silly to wait 6 months for something she needs now.


MissWimpyDimple · 20/08/2015 23:11

I think I would get it and be fairly blasé about it. Maybe in a "here's a bike for you to use for a while and then it'll be your brothers when he's bigger" kind of way.

Isla are v pricey though, even 2nd hand...


wanderingwondering · 20/08/2015 23:18

Yes I like the bigger shoes analogy.
I know they're pricey but they keep their value and there really is no comparison between them and cheaper ones, even dd's current one which is seen as a fairly good make.

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arethereanyleftatall · 20/08/2015 23:28

I agree with that. We went through about 3 crappy Argos bikes in about a year, before I bought dd a frog bike, which she's now had for 2.5 years. Cheaper in the long run.


Notbychance · 21/08/2015 00:31

She's not at the stage of seeing value in items yet is she?
She isn't going to say oh I got an expensive bike for no reason she is going to see getting the next bike as she would a new pair of shoes say.


wanderingwondering · 21/08/2015 07:39

No, that's true. I think it's that every cheesy Christmas film has a bike as the most desirable present Grin
To be honest, although she likes riding her bike she'd probably prefer something else as a present (does that make her sound even more spoiled?!)

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DaddyDr · 21/08/2015 08:10

I'm thinking you're over thinking it.
If you wish to buy one of your children something then go ahead and do so.
Its not a bad thing that the child who doesn't get anything learns that just because their sibling got something it doesn't mean they will too.

News flash, life isn't all about equal.

(and lets be honest, if she's your favourite child, then of course you're going to spend more on her................joke)


wanderingwondering · 21/08/2015 10:06

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wanderingwondering · 21/08/2015 10:07

If we are getting pedantic about it ds's bike cost double that of dd's first one so they would be virtually equal

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