"Look at this!" I called to Lucas. I showed him a video of his cousin- his cousin who is a few months younger than he is riding a bike- without training wheels. "We should try again, you could do it too" I encouraged; it had been well over a year since he last tried riding his bike without training wheels.
"Okay let's do it." he agreed.
But a few weeks passed and when the opportunities would arise he always chose to ride his scooter instead.
"Look at this!" I once again called to Lucas- now showing him the video of his cousin who is a year younger riding his bike.
But once again- his anxiety won and he chose his scooter instead.
Alex decided she wanted to ride, two weeks ago we went out into the culd-du-sac and held onto the back of her bike as she tried to ride around without training wheels. After several spills and falls she finally made it about five feet without someone holding on.
A week later, this last Monday, while my parents were here visiting, Alex said she wanted to try again. We headed to the local park with a big empty parking lot so she would have more room to try. She hopped on her bike, I held onto the back and she peddled. "Okay, I am going to let go now." I said. I let go and she did it! She almost fell a few times and could not turn for corners at first but about ten minutes after that she was riding everywhere.
He didn't want to try and brought his scooter to the park and spent his time on the swings. I knew he just needed to get out of his head and try it and he would be awesome.
That evening when Eric got home we all headed again to the park; Alex riding her bike there- Lucas pushing his bike-the training wheels removed- he said he was ready.
As soon as we were there Alex hopped on her bike and was riding circles around Lucas, even standing up at times and giving Eric a high-five as she went by. Lucas' anxiety got the best of him and he was not going to try.
Eric asked him, what are you afraid of? Finally Lucas admitted falling. Eric promised he would not let Lucas fall.
And then he tried- soon Eric let go and he was doing it!! Lucas was so stable and steady while Alex still wobbled a bit at her much faster pace.
I was so happy for both of my kids! They learned to ride on bikes without training wheels on the same day. Now Eric and I need to get some bikes.
And here is a little video I made of the day
What is your Proud Mommy Moment this week?