There are two skills I want my kids to learn when they turn five-years-old: learning to ride a bike and learning to swim. At five, you’re officially through the baby stage, the toddler stage and the preschool stage. And for most, it’s the age when your independent spirit starts kicking in and you’re off to elementary school.
Both, learning to ride a bike and learning to swim take courage, trust and independence. Once you get the basics down, you have to learn to let go and trust yourself enough, to balance on your own. So, with that said, we started the summer off with tackling the bike first.
For about two weeks on and off, she rode up and down the sidewalk, while I held on to the back of the bike. While practicing, I would let go for just a moment so she could, “feel”, the bike on her own. Each time we practiced, I would let go for a little longer. In fact, with time, we BOTH gained more confidence with letting go. I knew if she fell, she would get back up and try again.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, she did it! My little girl learned to ride a bike. Unfortunately, teaching her was quite a back-breaking time for me, but well worth the heating pad nights. Every chance she gets, she’s outside riding her bike faster and further. Little does she know, that this is the beginning of many life lessons. Maybe riding a bike isn’t just about balancing on two wheels. Maybe, it’s more about getting back up and moving forward, after every fall. It’s about having confidence in yourself to know that you can conquer just about anything, regardless of the task. And, it’s about moving forward, without looking back.
Now on to swim lessons . . .