When I was a child, everyone in my neighborhood knew how to ride a bike. I don’t remember how we learned but it was just something that we did. I had one of those pretty pink bikes with the long vinyl banana seats and colorful plastic flowers attached to a white wicker basket. You know the ones I’m talking about.
Girlie Girl is a little different. Growing up she never had any real interest in learning to ride a bike. In fact, I don’t think she even rode the tricycle we bought for her very much. Every time we would take her to the park to practice, she would give up after a few minutes. “I’m tired. I can’t peddle. It’s too hard.” She would end up walking the bike back to the car. We never pushed it thinking she’ll learn when she’s ready.
Well, now that she’s six years old, she’s beginning to realize that out of all her neighborhood friends, she’s the only one who can’t ride a bike. Needless to say, she’s determined to learn – NOW. We’re not talking about training wheels, she wants to learn how to ride a “real bike” like everyone else. So now she’s taking a crash course (pun not intended) and hopes to be riding like a pro very soon.
I see a lot of skinned knees in her future.
How old were your kids when they learned to ride a two-wheeler? Any tips on what worked for your children?