One of the biggest achievements in a child’s life is conquering the fear of something they believe they’re too scared to do. This includes, but is not limited to: walking, potty training, going to school and riding a bicycle. One of the biggest achievements in a parents’ life is conquering the fear to accept their child is actually doing something not only the child thought they’d be too scared or never do, but also that we as parents are too scared to have them do it. This includes, but is not limited to: walking, potty training, going to school and riding a bike! So when these achievements are made it’s probably impossible to decide who is more excited – or still fearful.
When it came to teaching my son to ride his bike, I was convinced this was going to be a long process that would include lots of bumps, scrapes and bruises and in the end, who even knew if he’d learn to ride. And that’s exactly how it played out. We purchased his lime green bike (his choice) with training wheels three summers ago, when he was 4 years old, and it was my dream he’d be up on two wheels by summer’s end. That dream quickly faded. If he rode the bike more than five times, I’m exaggerating.
The following summer we took him to a free bike-riding lesson for kids where they took the training wheels and pedals off with the guarantee he’d be up on two wheels riding by the end of the class. We definitely got what we paid for as we left without him even trying. To be fair, there were several kids who conquered their fears that day and rode off on two wheels; not ours.