bike riding battles


We have learned a lot about parenting and raising kids in the past 6 years, but sometimes something get’s thrown at you that just frustrates and perplexes you.  It has turned into a major ordeal as we attempt to teach Nate to ride his bike without training wheels.  He is quite content with training wheels and doesn’t have a lot of desire to learn to ride without them.  When we got him his new bike a few months ago, we figured he’d have to learn.  Problem was his lack of desire coupled with our lack of time to work with him led to no success in the 3 or 4 times he went out over the course of 2 or 3 months.

This weekend we decided to take a new course at trying to teach him.  Brad went out and picked up a pair of training wheels big enough for his new bike.  Unfortunately though they don’t quite work with his bike.  Brad got them on, but we have to tighten them regularly or they don’t stay on.  We set them high enough that he’s riding quite crooked when he’s leaned to one side or the other.  He hates it.  Now he isn’t just not interested in learning, he HATES even trying.  Tonight he screamed and cried the entire time.  (Seriously, the entire time.)

I’d love to just lower them and say we’ll try again next summer, but since the training wheels aren’t a perfect fit for the bike that’s not going to work.  I wonder if I can just hire someone to teach him.  (I’ll look into that when I discover someone buried money in my backyard and I’m a millionaire.)



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