Our girls have been able to ride a bike for years now. They just got it somehow. I mean I wasn’t there because I was at work and Papa put in a lot of the hard work, but I saw the fruits of their labour. They love it. Knox on the other hand? Not so much.
At one point Seth removed the pedals and the training wheels from his bike. You know, to try and make it like one of those balance bike things. But he fell once and then refused to get back on it again. So we put everything back on again and hoped that he would slowly get back into it.
And it’s been slow indeed.
He’s just not into trying. This isn’t limited to riding a bike though, but that’s a story for another day. There’s some things that he has crazy resilience and perseverance for, like talking. He will tell you the story and involve you in it like no other. But things where it might end in a bit of a fail he’s not interested.
Last week we went riding and this time Seth took of the training wheels and Knox lost his damn mind. He really just fell to pieces. He ran off to the park screaming and crying and eventually only calmed down after I gave him a cuddle.
The thing is that he just really doesn’t want to. He says that we are forcing him to hurt himself because he is going to fall. So we tried to explain that it’s OK to fall as long as you get up again.
But yoh guys. He sulked for easily 40 minutes before he tried to ride a friends balance bike (that has no pedals). That worked well and I think it gave him a smidge of confidence. The thing though is that his bike doesn’t roll that easily because of the pedals. Nevertheless he worked up his confidence and soon Seth was teaching him how to ride…
It’s still a work in progress but at least he seems more keen!