The time for learning to ride a bike had come for the oldest child. After all he turned 7 back in April. Don’t most children learn before now? Like when they are 5? I really have no idea when children first master the riding of a bike. This is my first time being involved in this process and all I really did was offer words of support while I filmed the adventure.
I had no idea how to teach someone to ride a bike. Perhaps that’s why it took so long to teach Banjo. We parents have it hard. The things that our own parents taught us… We’ve taken it all for granted. Little did we know that they had to learn right along with us! It’s a process that you only accomplish by going through it and you don’t even know what you are doing. It’s a trial by error sort of thing. In my mind there’s no right or wrong way for learning to ride a bike. Honestly? It just happens.
We’ve been just a tad bit busy around here. The last year has an experience unlike any other for us. Adding a 3rd child into the mix really threw us for a loop. But we’ve survived and have slowly crawled out of the haze. So it’s not really surprising that the whole learning to ride a bike thing didn’t happen right away for Banjo. We weren’t ready to teach him and he really wasn’t ready to learn either.
What did I learn in the entire process?
For starters I think that waiting until a child is older is probably the best advice that I could ever give any parent. Or rather just waiting until the child is ready. Don’t rush into it.
It’s going to take some time.
Don’t expect your child to master the skill in a matter of minutes. It did only take Banjo 10 minutes. But I’m sure this is not the typical. Plus he was older.
It’s probably going to take several times going back and forth back and forth back and forth.
And that’s okay. Let your child gain balance and get comfortable.
Try not to be too nervous yourself.
Try not to beat yourself up.
It’s scary as a parent but you can do this!
Before you know it this will happen:
I promise you. It’s going to just happen before you know it. Kids are resilient. They just keep going. Plugging away at it until they get it. Because it really is as easy as riding a bike. *wink*
Look at him now. He’s a pro.
*I’ve shared the story of my child’s first bike experience as part of the #dynacraftfun campaign. Hopefully I win, because that would be very dandy!