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Postby bpcooper » Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:21 pm

Brush your teeth?
Ride a bike? and
Do shoelaces up?

With me i can't do shoes up or ride a bike but i was taught way too early how to brush my teeth which was about 4 and my teeth have suffered due to it
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Postby Joss1991 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:10 pm

Brush your teeth? dunno
Ride a bike? and 10
Do shoelaces up? 9
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Postby Charmbracelets » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:14 pm

Brush your teeth? About 7 or 8.
Ride a bike? 11
Do shoelaces up? 10

Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:22 pm

Brush my teeth -7
Tie my shoelaces - 11
Ride abike - I learned when I was 9, but I can only ride in a stright line on perfectly flat ground. If I need to turn I fall off.
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Postby carebear15 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:31 pm

Brush your teeth? i don't know
Ride a bike? 8 or 9 years old but was about 8 when my big brother took my trainning wheels off.

Do shoelaces up? grade 2-3 i was being teached. 8 or 9 years old.

But in 5th grade teacher was tying my shoes to age 12 years old..
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Postby cookie-monster » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:54 pm

teeth - don't have a clue
ride a bike - still can't
shoes - 8
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Postby Shaun » Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:23 pm

Brush your teeth? No idea.
Ride a bike? Probably when I was nine or ten.
Do shoelaces up? Still no idea.
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Postby Alice » Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:24 pm

I duno about the first two but I learned to tie my own shoelaces properly aged 13 :oops: How pathetic is that? My little brother taught me because he was sick of doing them for me when my sad attempt came undone.
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Postby parnassus » Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:27 pm

When I was seven the dentist humiliated me by asking my parents to clean my teeth for me as he thought I was not brushing them correctly. My parents got me an electric brush instead and the problem was partially solved.

Tie my shoelaces? Hmm. I was about eleven. I still can't tie them properly - they come undone after a short while. Someone will begin to say, "Vicky, your shoel - " and I will snap back, "Yes, I KNOW!"

Ride a bike? I was nine or ten. Like Esther, I'm fine on flat ground. Turning corners and stopping the bike are difficult for me. My parents are also terrified that I will get knocked down by a car if I go out cycling alone, so at the age of twenty I am not allowed to ride unsupervised.
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Postby Radioactive_hairgel » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:20 pm

Brushing teeth- not sure but probably quite early as my mum's a dentist and she probably persevered with that
riding a bike- 12
sholaces (properly)-12
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Postby Dork_Lord » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:25 pm

Can't remember about brushing teeth but I've had a similar experience to Vicky.

I have been able to ride a bike since my mum's insistance that I learn before the cycling profieciency test in school. I haven't ridden one in years since I lost control of the bike once and hit my head on concrete and got a nasty wound to my side. I had to go to hospital and spent the night throwing up while my mum was watching like a hawk to make sure I wasn't getting brain damage. Needless to say that put me off cycling quite a bit.

I have been able to do my shoelaces since around 10 but still can't do them quite right (they come undone all the time, and mostly I use my trainers as slip on shoes now as my mum has tied a knot in the laces which doesnt come undone.
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Postby parnassus » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:44 pm

I have a friend at the Catholic chaplaincy in Cambridge who offers to tie my shoelaces for me. Embarrassing, but kind nonetheless. :oops:
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Postby bpcooper » Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:14 pm

yeah my dentist realised that a couple of years ago, and my mums still brushing my teeth now but this is mostly due to hypersensitivity
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Postby Danni » Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:26 pm

Brushing teeth- no idea, but I still can't do so properly (and I keep forgetting to :oops: ). Sammie on the other hand pretty much can do it herself with her electric toothbrush- just needs some help with the back bits.

Riding a bike- around 7 or 8, but since puberty I'm unable to balance when going around corners, and cannot break in time for roads and stuff. It's too dangerous for me to ride a bike.

Shoelaces- sometime before I was 11. Like others, I don't know how to tie them so they stay tied. The annoying thing is I have to have them tied really tight, so leaving trainers knotted isn't an option.
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Postby Andy » Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:25 am

I learned to ride a bike very young prob about 5yrsold as for brushing teeth I find it very difficult and still cant do them properly. I still cant tie shoelaces.
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