Riding a bicycle
Usually, Darling don’t join us during our evening playground time. He’ll always be out at work and comes home only later in the evening when it is already dark. One day, Ethan told me that he wants to learn to ride his bicycle without the training wheels. I told Darling but he was too busy to remove those wheels.
One fine day, Darling finally found the time to remove the training wheels. Ethan got extremely excited to try cycling his bicycle but Darling had to leave for work again. I told Darling, “I picture a father teaching his son to ride a bike. That’s a nice sight”. I think that got into him so he stayed back and accompanied us to the playground.
The WRONG way to teach a child to ride a bicycle. Do not hold onto the handle as the child won’t be able to learn to control his bicycle.
I had to take over as I see them struggling. I hold onto the seat and guide Ethan as he cycled, encouraging him to balance himself from time to time. Once Ethan is comfortable on the bicycle, I passed him back to Darling.
Darling guiding Ethan, holding on so he won’t fall. It’s important for the kid to trust us as Ethan got really scared when he thought that he will fall.
The first time Ethan cycled without the training wheels, he held on to the handle so tightly that his wrist hurts. We encouraged him to relax his grip. After several minutes, he complained that his wrists are too tired and starting to hurt. So we stopped and just enjoyed the evening away..
Here’s Darling cycling Ethan’s bicycle, being chased by Ethan and my neighbour’s kids :D
That was two weeks ago. It often rained in the evening after that so we did not get to go to the playground much. The moment we see dry sky, we quickly go to the playground so Ethan can practice cycling again.
Today, we went to the playground again.
Darling demonstrating to Ethan again how to balance the bicycle.
As usual, he will hold onto the seat, occasionally letting go to see if Ethan can balance. But today, when he let go… Ethan went on and on and on! Watch this video:
And I happened to catch that on camera! I got super excited when I saw Ethan cycling for the very first time and I’m so glad I managed to get that recorded! I felt like crying!
Darling was speechless. The feeling of finally teaching his own son to cycle overwhelms him. I’m glad Darling chose to be part of this. We were all overjoyed! Ethan, Darling and I…
Ethan is finally cycling at 4 years 7 months.
It’s time to get 2 more bicycles for me and Darling so we can all cycle together. We can now go to Bukit Cahaya Shah Alam and cycle the day away :D
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