My oldest son Logan finally decided he wanted to test out his two-wheeling abilities tonight. I have previously tried to do what most parents do, teach their child to ride a "big boy/girl" bike. I actually learned from my older brother who's instructions were quite basic, "Stay on Megan or it will hurt since this is a gravel road". Made sense to me and I picked up the riding thing pretty quickly. My 6 yr old son however has a nice paved driveway that is a bit more forgiving than a very pitted gravel road. He doesn't think my instructions are very logical - we started with the basics like learning to just coast on it to get the balance part of it down. He and I don't speak the same language though so it was a lot of, "I KNOW MOM!!!". Of course you do, I'm just here to scrape you up off the ground or be a human knee pad if you need it.
Anyway, the bike was put in the shed for a while since it was decided - by Logan - that "scootering" is much safer and what more kids do anyhow. Until.........he started first grade a couple weeks ago. My husband rides his bike with Logan to school every morning. My smaller boys go in a trailer behind my husband's bike while Logan rides his scooter. Lots of the boys Logan's age however ride bikes to school. So, I'm guessing that there has been some positive peer pressure recently to motivate him to go back in to the shed and release the bike from its holding cell.
This evening I was just walking up the driveway to deadhead some roses and he casually rides by me, feet on the pedals and all, like no big deal I taught myself kind of thing. Hmph. I should get some credit right??? Doesn't really matter I suppose, at least he's staying on it and not laying on the driveway in a puddle telling me it's all my fault :)