We have been introducing our newly five-year-old daughter to the bike, and, to put it mildly, it has been trying. Never mind that the training wheels are still on the the bike, the terrain is smooth and flat, and the distance we are covering is short--we may as well be asking our child to bike Mount Everest. Over the past few weeks, we have seen so many tears and screams.
I know all of the advice: keep the bike rides short and fun. Do not get into a battle of wills. Be patient; every kid is different. Easier said than done.
We live in a very bike-unfriendly area. Our neighborhood is practically a mini mountain, and we have no sidewalks, which means our rides are limited to our driveway, or we must venture out to parks and empty parking lots for practice. That means that all of our bike rides are public, and I am keenly aware of how many eyes are scrutinizing our parenting decisions.Read More