A couple of months ago I was reading Dennis Bullock‘s blog and saw where he was so happy that all of his children had mastered the bicycle and no longer needed training wheels. While happy for him I was wondering when any of mine would get the hang of it. My four year old was out in force w/ her training wheels all the time. But didn’t seem to really want to take them off.
Then towards the beginning of May she started telling me she was ready to take them off. I really didn’t think she was, but I humored her. But I could tell she was really trying to ride w/o the training wheels touching. So I took them off and she couldn’t go anywhere. So I’d have to lean WAY over and hold her handle bars while I hobbled down the street with her to the stop sign and then back to the house. About two laps of this was all I could make. My back was killing me.
And then I figured out what the catalyst was. Some of the girls in school were asking everyone if they still used training wheels or not to ride their bike. So Addie felt the peer pressure to be able to ride without them.
So we made the trek to the stop sign and back a few times a day. And then one day she coasted down the drive way w/o any help. So I told her to go to the street and pedal. And she did. And the rest is history. She was so proud that she was ONLY four and the girls who were bragging were already five. Funny little minds, these kids have.
She’s five now and I think we’re ready to step up to a bigger bike.
[tags] training wheels, bicycle, learning to ride, daughter[/tags]