We have a new bike rider! This weekend my husband and I conspired to get Casey on a bike. It was about time… he’s going to be 8 in just a few weeks and my feeling is that 8 is just too old to not know how to ride a bike. We’ve tried in the past to get him riding a bike but it was a complete fail. The kid is stubborn, not just a little bit stubborn, a whole lot of stubborn. If he doesn’t want to do something he’s not going to do it and if he’s forced there will be a major battle so we pick our battles. You should see us each evening when it’s time for homework. Argh!
He was dead set against this learning experience. “NO, I”m not riding a bike!” and “You can’t make me!” but I was determined. After a little consideration I offered him a bribe, I told him we’d take him to the store to pick out a treat. He said, “Okay!” and I was like, “Huh?” that’s all it took. You’d think that after 10+ years of being a Mom I would have already thought of that but apparently I still have a lot of learning to do too.
We took him down to the elementary school where his older brother had also learned. Nice wide open parking lot and no distractions.
And it took less than 10 minutes before he was off.
Then there was no stopping him, he even decided to bike home with Dad and big brother. I followed along in the car knowing that he wouldn’t make it all the way but he came pretty darn close.
His stubbornness is offset by how much he make us laugh, he really says the funniest things. He picked out this rad helmet but the straps bother his ears (stubbornness) so I was giving him a little eyeroll through his mini-tantrum and he said to me, “MOM, stop giving me the baldy eye!” a.k.a the hairy eyeball.
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