Friday, June 1, 2012
It's like riding a bike
Guess what? Balance bikes aren't just hipster kid nonsense. They really work!
Eight days ago, Owen got his new bike. Right away he could balance and pedal if we got him started.
Two days ago, he figured out how to start off and coast until he could find the pedals with his feet and then take off on his own.
Yesterday he figured out how to use the brakes to stop.
Today he's spent the whole morning riding up and down the street, and he looks like he's been on a bike forever.
Now there were definitely some McEnroe-worthy fits early on. He couldn't stand not being perfect at it right away (wherever would he have gotten that trait?), but he was never that scared of falling. And I think that's because the balance bike had taught him the feel of riding. It's so much fun watching him learn new things.
And hopefully he's figuring out that you have to be willing to be bad at stuff before you can get good at it. And that's perfectly okay.