So my youngest...just turned 6, female, small for her age thanks to pre-me / heart issues at birth...she has just learned to ride.
We have two older kids, ages 10 and 8, and the youngest (6) has been watching them ride with dad for about a month without being able to participate. She has a bike. But...she was afraid. Afraid of falling. Afraid of pain. Afraid of something new. But watching all of the fun...she decided it was time to learn.
And so we tried. I spent hours with her out front of the house...to no avail. I searched the net..learned how to teach a kid. Find a slight downhill grade. Learn balance first. Then add pedals. Then brakes.
Nada. The fear of pain was too high for her.
So we went to the park. I found a small grade on grass and tried again.
She cried under a tree.
Then..while at REI for unrelated reasons...my wife saw a flyer for their learn to bike class. I was at my wits end, so we paid the $45 and signed her up.
It's a 2 hour class. They basically do the same thing I was trying to do...learn to get on the bike first...learn balance next...then pedals.
They are good at it. And...they are not dad. They are someone else much cooler showing them how it's done.
And after two hours? Six out of six kids that showed up bike in hand having no clue how to make it go and stay up pedalled out with beaming smiles.
It was worth every penny.
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