I don't know why, but I was determined to have B on two wheels before the day was over yesterday. We sat in bed in our PJs and watched YouTube videos of little kids learning to ride bikes all morning - one kid was only three years old and tackling a dirt bike course. After seeing that, I knew that my child could do the basics.
About three weeks ago, we took the training wheels and pedals off of his bike. I read online that if you can first get your child to balance and "glide" on the bike - adding in the pedals is easy. In the last three weeks since we took the pedals off of his bike, he has not gotten on it. Not once.
We made promises over the moon of things he'd receive if he learned to ride a bike on two wheels. He said he wanted "a new helmet that would cost one hundred and thirty five dollars" along with "lunch at Outback where you found a fly in your food last time". Oh, AND he wanted a motorcycle like his dad. Not a bike with a motor because that would be "hideous". You can't make this stuff up.
We all were up for the challenge. We had our hopes high, cameras charged and pedals in hand just in case he figured out how to glide. As we walked down to the tennis courts, I thought to myself "If he learns to ride this bike, this will be the beginning of his freedom and me worrying about where he is..."
On his first try, he glided down the hill with complete ease. Then he did it again, and again. After three times I said the hell with it and I put the pedals back on myself. And just like that, he got it. Something clicked and it was so natural for him. He didn't fall once, he just took off and never looked back - well, he did look back just to show us the huge smile on his face!
About 15 minutes after figuring it out, he yelled "Hey guys, watch this!". I was 100% sure he was going to show us how to apply the breaks to stop. Oh, no, who was I kidding?
A WHEELIE. My child is 4 years old, just learned to ride a bike, and he's already doing wheelies. I absolutely could not believe it. I was the PROUDEST MAMA EVER!
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.