Pedals of Persistence : make unbreakable bonds

by | Apr 17, 2023 | Family life, Relationships | 0 comments

Great way to teach children through play

We want the world for our children. We yearn for them to acquire knowledge in various realms, be it sports, musical instruments, languages, or anything else and sometimes what as children we aspired to achieve and could not. This ambition was part of my identity as a mother, and I constantly found joy in dedicating my time and efforts to teach as many new pursuits possible to my children. This not only kept them contentedly engrossed in various activities but also held immeasurable satisfaction for me as a parent.

How you can build a strong bond with your children while teaching them how to ride a bike?

Sounds easy? Read on….

Simple things don’t cost anything but your time

One of the most memorable bonding experiences I’ve had with my children was the day I took them to the park near home to teach them how to ride a bike. At first, I admit, I was filled with apprehension. What if they fell and got hurt? Those thoughts loomed large. But then, I realised the flip side – what if they learned to ride? That possibility inspired me to press on.

Determination and Resilience

With determination in my heart, we headed to the park. The sun hung low in the sky, casting a warm, golden hue over the playground. The atmosphere was filled with the laughter of children, the chatter of parents, and the distant hum of bicycle wheels against the pavement. Children, as I discovered, are incredibly resilient. They aren’t burdened with the fear of failure that often plagues adults. So, despite numerous tumbles and wobbles, they persevered, and I never gave up on them.

As we reached the park, my heart raced with anticipation, and my kids –my son, a five-year-old with a fiery spirit, and my daughter, my eight-year-old who was cautious but excited – were buzzing with energy. Their bikes, a little too big for them, as I always bought things one size bigger so they can last longer and this was no exception. 

Falling is not failing

I crouched beside them and gave a pep talk. “You’re going to fall, and that’s okay. Remember, every time you fall, you’re one step closer to riding on your own. Just like in life, there will be setbacks, but you can always get back up. I believe in you both, and I’m right here with you.”

With those words of encouragement, they pushed off, their legs pumping the pedals in unison. The first few attempts were as I expected – wobbly, unsure, and filled with a few minor crashes into the soft grass. At first their feet did not touch the ground but that was okay as I want them to balance on the bike and the bikes had stabilizers so I was not so worried. I was walking and then running besides them. The giggles and laughter were infectious, and my fears of their safety slowly dissipated as I witnessed their resilience.

child learning to ride a bike

In the face of adversity, their determination shone through. My daughter, being the more cautious one, took her time. She’d fall, look at me with teary eyes, and then get right back on her bike. My son, on the other hand, was all about speed and excitement. He’d zip down the gentle slope, often tumbling into the grass, and then scramble back onto his bike, a mischievous grin on his face.

Throughout the afternoon, a transformation took place right before my eyes. The falls were replaced by moments of balance, and those tentative pedals turned into confident strokes. My daughter was the first to experience that magical feeling of gliding on two wheels without falling. Her eyes widened in amazement, and she called out to me, “Ma, I’m doing it!”

I cheered her on, and my son, witnessing his sister’s triumph, pushed himself even harder. His determination paid off when he too managed to stay upright on his bike for an extended period. 

The joy and triumph on their faces when they finally got the hang of it were absolutely priceless.

As the sun began its descent toward the horizon, casting a warm, orange glow over the park, I couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of pride and happiness. My children, who had started the day as apprehensive beginners, were now independent bike riders. They had conquered their fears, learned a valuable skill, and discovered the power of resilience.

But this afternoon was more than just a bike-riding lesson; it was a profound bonding experience. It taught us all the value of persistence, patience, and belief in oneself. We sat down on the grass, sharing a snack and relishing the joy of our shared achievement. 

Unbreakable bond

The bond between us, forged that day, was unbreakable. The lessons learned extended far beyond bike riding. Since that memorable day, my children have embarked on countless bike journeys, each one a testament to their belief in themselves and their ability to learn, even when faced with failures. 

But more importantly, that shared experience at the park not only taught them how to ride a bike but also instilled in them the lesson that they can conquer challenges and persevere, no matter how many times they may fall. They’ve carried this spirit of resilience and determination into various aspects of their lives.My son, not a daredevil, has embraced his adventurous spirit. 

In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, where life often feels like a race, it’s these moments of connection and shared growth that truly matter. My children have taught me as much as I’ve taught them, and I cherish every memory we’ve created together.

As I look back on that fateful day at the park, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity to teach my children to ride a bike. It was so much more than a physical skill; it was a lesson in life – one that continues to guide us through the ups and downs, reminding us to believe in ourselves, get back up when we fall, and persevere no matter the challenges that lie ahead. This bike-riding adventure will forever be a cherished memory, a testament to the power of love, patience, and the unwavering belief in each other.

Every accomplishment begins with a decision to try. – Edward T. Kelly

As parents, if we can instill courage our children  to keep going and give them our unconditional support, one day they will make you proud.

How are you connecting with your children? 

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