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Learning to Ride a Bike | #BraveByNature

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So this Summer we decided it was time for the girls to learn to ride their bikes without stabilisers.  With a few trips coming up that would benefit from them being able to ride, we decided that we needed to put a bit of effort into them learning.  Prior to this Summer we have always favoured our scooters – they love them, we love them and they are really happy on them so why change.  Well it’s because riding a bike is one of those things, like swimming, I think every child should learn to do.  It’s a skill as the saying goes that once learnt is never forgotten, and it feels like its what my childhood was all about. Riding my bike up and down and up and down the street again – oh and falling off!

I hadn’t realised when we started this process how differently my children would all deal with it.  Would they be #BraveByNature or would they struggle to learn.  Well on the first weekend of the holidays after we got back from Corsica we took the stabilisers off, went out to the field across the road from our house and suggested they ‘had a go’.

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So there was a bit of standing by the bike, a bit of posing for a photo, a bit of straightening of the helmet and a bit of general faffing about – oh and a “I think I need another drink before I set off’ you know that sort of thing…..

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and then Isobel just set off!  She just set off a rode around the field! I don’t have video footage of this moment as I was just totally not expecting it. Maybe I thought, just maybe, leaving it until they were quite a bit older at nearly 6 and nearly 7 had been the right thing to do! Isobel was clearly (about this anyway) #BraveByNature.

So Eve and Lily watched Isobel, and Eve thought ok maybe I can do this.  So she decided to have a go.  Eve took a little more persuading that I should let go but then took off very happily and took to it like a duck to water.  I gave them both a bottle of water to put in their baskets which made them feel very grown up as they cycled around a largish field and stopped every now and again for a breather and some more water.  The 300ml sport bottles of Highland Spring are the perfect size to pop into their school bags when they head back to school in September too.

Learning to Ride a Bike | #BraveByNature www.minitravellers.co.uk

At this point Lily decided that she wasn’t very sure about it all.  It must, I agree, be very frustrating to watch your younger sisters ‘get’ the bike thing straight away and so she decided she wasn’t going to be able to do it. She didn’t think she was probably  #BraveByNature and in fact then decided she was most definitely not.  So it was, helmet off and feet up for the two of us for a while whilst we watched the other two ride around the field.*

*There may have been some cross words between Mummy and Daughter about not trying but let’s not dwell on that

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I’m joking in this post about the water breaks and the delaying tactics the girls were using to start trying to ride their bikes but obviously I’m keen to encourage them to drink more water over the Summer and when they head back to school in September.  Kids don’t always recognise when they are thirsty, so it’s best to encourage good drinking habits early

I’m keen on this particularly as I’ve been made aware of some new research undertaken by The Natural Hydration Council which reported that after drinking 300ml of water, thirst was satisfied and reports of “good mood” increased by almost 20%.  We needed some ‘good mood’ to help the bike riding campaign with Lily so we sat and we drank some more!  I can report in this particular situation water perhaps wasn’t enough to bring back the mood that had settled in but as it can be harder for kids to concentrate when they’re dehydrated it could only help.

So we settled in, we watched some more, we had another drink and then we decided to try another day!

 

NB: I’m working in a paid relationship with Highland Spring and BritMums on their #BravebyNature campaign, which highlights the benefits of hydration for children. Get additional advice and benefits of hydration for children on http://highlandspring.com/.

 


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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen Edwards
    15th August 2017 at 8:21 am

    Brilliant post. We can’t even get Esmé to cycle the tricycle, she’s so lazy more than anything else. Totally agree about hydration. It’s the one thing that worries me about being out in the heat offer the summer.

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    susanna
    15th August 2017 at 9:44 am

    What a brave girl! Glad you are having a good summer. x

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    Penny Alexander
    16th August 2017 at 8:33 am

    Aw, this takes me back, what lovely pics and memories! My two ended up learning the same week and the oldest was only a few minutes ahead of the youngest, which irked her. But it really was just about putting the hours in, def need to keep well fed and hydrated!

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    Sarah Christie
    16th August 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Ah I still remember with the boys learning to ride their bikes, happy memories x

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    Katja
    16th August 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Bike riding can be such a challenge for kids! And I really believe that it depends so much on the child’s personality. My eldest is more timid so it took him a bit longer whereas my daughter (my middle child), took to it much quicker. I’m just waiting for my toddler to catch them up!

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    Alice Project: Wanderlust
    16th August 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Teaching your child to ride a bike is one of the most amazing and frustrating things you can ever do as a parent! It was a happy day in our house once we were free of the training wheels!

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    wandermust mummy
    16th August 2017 at 10:18 pm

    What a lovely experience. Staying hydrated is so important

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    Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me)
    18th August 2017 at 7:03 pm

    My son’s so gung-ho that I thought he’d learn straight away, but in the end he took him ages! I wouldn’t even try it with my daughter yet. I think she’d rival Lily for stubbornness about not trying! She’s brave in other ways though, as I bet Lily is. x

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    Katy
    19th August 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Love this post and love the determination. Such special times learning to ride a bike think it is a great age to try too.

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    Kara
    25th August 2017 at 11:03 am

    Eliza has just learned to ride her bike without stabilisers and I think the excuse of taking a break to have a drink really helped her. She was off and riding within a couple of hours, albeit a bit wobbly

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    Vicky @ The Motherhood
    30th August 2017 at 6:13 pm

    How fast are they to learn! That is amazing, it took me a good few months to get up the courage to ride my bike when I was little, but I just needed that bit of a push and I was fine after that. What a great skill to master in the summer holidays!
    Vicky – Commenting on behalf of Britmums

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    Kate Williams
    4th September 2017 at 8:03 am

    Learning to ride a bike is such a big deal to kids, I’m looking forward to when both mine have managed it but it is pretty scary to them too.

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