Okay, so we're not exactly great parents in teaching our children skills. My excuse? We are just way too busy. K works days, I've worked nights. Beyond weekends when there seems to always be something else to do or we can't leave the one that wants to do it but is still a wee bit too young for it etc out.
Am I just way too protective? I don't know. The 5 year old down the block? She is able to rollerblade out her driveway to the mailbox, about 4 houses away and half way up the street. We live at least 5 or 6 houses away from her. Would I even trust my 6 year old to use her scooter up and down the street by herself? No way. Even just sitting on the porch doesn't give me a good enough view because all our neighbours seem to have those
Oh yeah, the bike. We haven't really been able to afford to buy one. My parents were going to buy her one for her birthday last year but changed their mind in the end because they figured we didn't really have a place for her to ride it much. I was a little disappointed but it is their money.
Obviously she's grown even more this year and her old bike definitely does not fit her anymore. She's been begging to ride it and quite frankly.... we were too embarrassed to let her. Isn't that crazy? I thought, oh yeah, let her friends get a gander of her on that bike and she'd be teased like crazy. Course if they knew her mother used words like gander.. the teasing would commence immediately.
So it was with great inspiration that I decided to check out craigs list. Sure enough I found a bike online for $40.00 that's only been used twice. In reality it was as good as stated. It looked in mint condition and you could tell the tires were brand new, barely used. So we bought it. I was so relieved. It's a lot easier coming up with $40.00 than $140.00.
Of course, she had to ride it immediately so we grabbed J and O's bikes and took them over to the school. Now comes the hard part. Teaching her how to ride it. How can a kid who is over the top excited to learn to ride suddenly squeal and shriek every time she gets on it, saying she's scared, it's not safe? Her dad held the bike the whole time for her and we constantly reassured her that he wouldn't let go and yet at one point she gets off the bike in tears cause she's afraid. My husband actually was very patient with her considering. So it makes no sense to me.
But by the time we headed home she was asking me to let go, which I didn't cause I could tell she wasn't ready yet. Still, I hope this isn't too difficult. Anyone have any tips for teaching a kid to ride a bike? When I stop to think about it.. how do we learn to balance like that, how do you convey the idea to a 6 year old? I have no idea how my dad taught me. Maybe I should ask him.