We knew it was only a matter of time, but it was certainly a rough road getting there.
Both my wife and I love riding our bikes and we want our children to have the same love. I think that’s why it was so hard for us to watch our daughter struggle.
We tried too many different bikes of various shapes and sizes, training wheels or not, riding on the grass, etc.
Last weekend, I had a talk with my older child. We talked about why it was important to us and I made sure to find out why it was important to her.
Then we came up with a plan. She and I would go out after dinner together and practice by riding around the block. Just father and daughter.
Last night, she had her bicycle breakthrough.
As I ran behind her just to keep up, she would stop and wait for me. And then she stopped waiting and did everything by herself.
She had finally tasted the freedom that you get when you are on the bike.
Smiles were at every turn.