You're not 8 any more. You're 14. Learn to tie your own skates.
|This doesn't look cute after 8|
|At 14, you're Old Enough to use a Lace Hook.|
Good, that's out of my system.
And just for all the parents that will write in with their excuses, unless it's a Special Skater, you have to have a really good reason to get a bye when your kid is 14.
From the age of 10, I was able to tack up a full sized horse (including tightening the girth, and putting on the bridle) and shift cattle from one field to another. Your teenager can learn to tie a pair of boots.