A short and sweet post dedicated to the art of learning to ride a bicycle….
Have you ever had one of those parenting moments where you think – Oh shoot! That’s my responsibility! I forgot to teach them how to do that!! As a parent we are here to educate our kids… not just on being mindful, responsible, caring and wonderful people, but also how to do things like tie their own shoelaces, brush their teeth, sharpen pencils etc.
When you imagine childhood you might picture scraped knees, climbing trees, mud pies, sleepovers, or hair flying and the feeling of freedom as you zoomed around on your bicycle. I don’t remember learning to ride, I just remember doing it. Wasn’t it just something that every little kid just knows how to do? So having said that, and having kind of believed it (silly, I know learning to ride a bike is a pretty cool milestone), it was a shock to realize that my 7-year-old was missing out and had not yet mastered the art of bike riding because we had never taken the time to properly teach her. I could cut us some slack with a few excuses but the results were still the same: they could all ride okay with training wheels but there was not much confidence or sparkling excitement.
We have a grand view of the school grounds and I had seen a countless number of kids zooming around as ours stared in envy. So enough was enough! we would dedicate a few days during the school holidays to master bike riding! And that was what we did…