Monday, September 10, 2012

Look, Mom....No Training Wheels!

Shane was out playing in the cul-de-sac with a Lily (our neighbors granddaughter). She was practicing riding her bike with out any training wheels. After Lily left Shane asked if we could take his training wheels of his bike. We weren't going to do that until next summer, but since he was asking we did.

In the process of taking them off the chain wouldn't stay on so he didn't get a chance to try it out that day. The next day I got it fixed. Finally, Friday Kenny to him out to the cul-de-sac to let him try his bike out.

Kenny help hold him up and ran along side him for a brief moment and then he was off. No questions asked, no falling, no problem at all. He rocked it! Kenny needed help get him started but then he was good to go.

This weekend Kenny to him out again and he didn't even need any help getting started. We are both so amazed by how fast he has picked up riding with out training wheels.

The other most amazing part of it was how nonchalant he was about the whole thing. If you know Shane, you know nothing is easy going with him. All activities and all tasks come with a million plus questions and most often a lot of nerves, fear and anxiousness. Except it seems riding your bike. Then there are no questions asked.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Wow Jessica, that is super! How great is that to be surprised by your son's new skill and how easy it came to him. Awesome!!!

I think Ellis, age 6, is intimidated by ALL of our neighborhood kids riding their bikes that he won't even try. He NEVER pulls out his bike, only his scooter or he runs his legs off, seemingly happy as a clam. Once in a while I ask if he wants to ride his bike, but always, it's no. I don't want to pressure him.

So, I have two ideas: next year's bday we buy him a new bike, let him pick it out and see if he gets inspired.

The other idea I have is to take the pedals off his current bike, go to a flat grassy field and bribe him to give it a try with a vat of ice cream at the ready.

What do you think?