Jordan has been asking me for quite a while to take the stabilizers (training wheels) off of her bike. She finally got her wish using the ever popular "all of my friends are doing it". She can't be the only 5 year old on the block with training wheels still on her bike so off they came. We live at the bottom of a cul-de-sac. By bottom I mean bottom of a HILL. So, we pack up the bike and head up to the base where they have huge, flat park areas with sidewalks running all around protected by grass on both sides. This is where I found out how different it was teaching the girl to ride a bike then the boys.
Jackson rode a bike without training wheels at four. I was pregnant and my neighbor insisted Jackson could ride. Took his training wheels off, ran with him down the street and that was that. He could turn, he could brake, and soon after he could ride that bike off a ramp and jump over items placed at the end of the ramp. Evel Kneivel watch out.
Jared didn't learn so quickly. Jared doesn't like doing things that he knows could potentially hurt him. I never pushed taking the training wheels off. In fact I was inside the house and the kids came yelling to come watch Jared kamikaze down the cul-de-sac hill in to our driveway. He was on Jackson's old bike with no training wheels and did just fine. He was 7.
Jordan is a totally different story. She wants to ride this bike. In fact she CAN DO IT ALL BY HERSELF!! That is what I heard over and over yesterday. I DON'T NEED YOUR HELP! In fact I actually had to turn my back to her and ignore her unless she invited me to watch her attempts. We found that while she is hesitant about riding on the sidewalks she can ride for quite a long time on the grass. Good thing it is a soccer field because while she can ride she can't turn. This doesn't mean she goes straight, because she doesn't. If you ask her to turn she will yell "I CAN'T DO IT" which is probably the reason she can't. She also can not start the pedaling process on her own. Coordinating where her feet should best be placed, pushing off and then getting the other foot on the pedal? Not quite there yet.
As our lesson ended she was out in the field and fell over. I saw her, she was barely moving at the time of the "crash" and she fell mostly of her own doing. She started crying. I ignored her. Then I see this man running in full speed rescue mode towards her. Being the mom I am I had to yell out to him that she in fact was okay and just being dramatic.
I then walked out to the field, put her back on the bike and pushed her on her way again.
I have three children. Two boys - Jackson and Jared and one girl - Jordan. We lived in England when I began this blog but we have now returned to the US. I am a stay at home mom even with all three kids in school and I love it!