It’s as easy as riding a bike.
Well when you think about it riding a bike isn’t actually all that easy – especially if you have any kind of motor co-ordination issues.
You need to be able to:-
co-ordinate stopping and using your brake
co-ordinate using your brake and peddling and turning
be aware and responsive to the changing environment around you
get your brain to tell your hands and legs what to do at the right times
All a big ask for a brain that is a little wonky.
But my little boy has grit and determination in spades. And he wanted a big red pedal bike just like his sisters. So we put a plan in place to work towards that goal.
Phase 1: Learn to scoot (this took a long time!) – to build balance and awareness
Phase 2: Practise peddling on trikes (this took quite a while as well)
Phase 3: Balance bike (D was 5 by now) with brakes – almost daily practise in the local parks and school runs
Phase 4: Bring it all together for shiny red bike on 6th Birthday.
Result – a (very happy) little boy who is now mobile on his Big Red Pedal Bike. (if still a little wobbly at times 🙂 )
There have been multiple bumps and scrapes along the way. His shins have taken a battering and his knee caps have borne the brunt of many falls. There have been many tears most easily fixed with a quick cuddle. But he has got back up each time, got back on and kept going.
Watching him and his sister cycle together around the local park led by our ever ready dog brings a feeling of such immense joy and satisfaction. For D, in a world where we have to talk about all the things he can’t do with monotonous regularity, here is proof of just what can be achieved with planning, patience and practise.