Monday, June 30, 2014

Learning to Ride!

One goal we set out for this summer was to learn to ride a bike without training wheels. I kinda ran over M's last bike in the garage M has outgrown her first bike that my dad bought her a while back, and it was time to invest in something else. So we visited a bike store a few weeks before summer to get some prices, and eventually went back and got the one we were eyeing.

I liked purple, but she chose pink.
I remember thinking that bike looked too big for my baby.  We talked it over with the bike guys (specialists?) about how to go about teaching her to ride without training wheels. We had two options: 1) they could install training wheels and we could come back and get them off when she was "ready"...or 2) they could take off the pedals completely and she could first learn to balance. I'd never heard of that method before, but apparently it works for many.  DK and I decided we'd do neither of those and just do it the old school way. If she fell, she fell. She'd be okay.

And we're so glad we did. The following video is Day 1 of M and her daddy working on it (I was at work and got this video...I was flabbergasted):



Day 1

He sent videos the next day of her progress, and I was no less shocked. So finally, on Day 3, I left work immediately so I could see this in person!  Here's what I recorded of my little bike star. As you can see from the last few seconds, we've still got to work on steering control.





I am so proud of M and her daddy! I know that if it'd been me teaching her, she would not have had that much independence so early (which obviously would have been a mistake).  It would have taken much longer to learn, so I'm grateful for her daddy.

And now they're working on her starting by herself, which I didn't realize was another skill altogether. She's getting there:

 

Yay for little kid milestones!

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