It's the first week of Advent and I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on the year before it ends. One of the coolest things to happen this year is that my boy learned how to ride a bike! :D
We didn't buy a bike earlier since we were soooo busy that he missed out on learning how to cycle. The few times we traveled home, he would ride on his bike with its trainer wheels but a few weeks in a year do not a cyclist make, right?
This year, I was determined to help him learn how to cycle and so, we started with the bike he got when he was 5 years old. First, I removed one of the trainer wheels and he got *really* comfortable with that but I could see that he was going nowhere LOL
I decided to remove the second training wheel and help him get his balance on two wheels. I was huffing and puffing as I ran along with him. Plus, it was back-breaking work for me since I had to hold on to the seat!
After a few tries, I just yelled (encouragingly!), "Just keep cycling! Don't stop!!!" Of course, the poor kid fell down a few times with a fair share of bumps, bruises and scrapes. He wanted to give up a couple of times but there's just something about being in the outdoors that makes you want to try and try, I think, coz he picked himself up and tried and tried.
Finally, I decided to stop being a Helicopter Mom and went to another corner to do my own stretches and exercise and of course, to leave him alone.
A while later, he cycled past me, yelling, "Look, Mummy, look!!! I'm cycling!" and nearly crashed into a bush! And there's no stopping him from that moment on because he'd ask to ride his bike again and again and again every chance he got. Since his long legs were getting in the way of his 5 year old bike, guess who's got a shiny, new bike? :)