I told you in a previous post how I was frustrated that the little one didn’t seem to have the confidence to ride a bike or even try stuff.
I also told you how I got knee and elbow pads that gave her the confidence to try. It also gave her the confidence to move from trying to ride on the balance bike to going on the pedal bike which I took the stabilisers off a while ago.
For the last 2 days she has been riding the pedal bike like a balance bike and I even got my bike out so she could copy me (you know what kids are like, they love to copy!)
She loves the idea of being able to ride to her friends house or go out on the bikes with me. It’s a good start. She loves the idea of riding her bike and with the pads is brave enough to try.
So I have been giving her loads of encouragement for trying. High fives and cheers and praise worded around “How brave you are for trying”, “how bold of you to push off so fast” “how amazing that you kept your feet up even when the bike wobbled” “I love how you keep on trying and trying until you get something”
I taught her how to push off with one pedal keeping one foot on the ground.
I taught her to use her feet to get up speed like she did on the balance bike and tuck her feet in once she was going.
I suggested it would be easiest to rest her feet on the pedals.
I suggested she could try pedalling while her feet were there.
And then this happened.
I nearly fell off my bike. I was so impressed with her. My little girl can ride a bike. I never thought it was going to happen let alone a few months before she turned 6. Well done little one!