This last week, on the fourth of July my oldest three learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels!
I honestly believe we were a little bit behind on this as parents, but these kids were SO ready. With just a few runs each, they took off like pros. The biggest struggle was learning how to start on their own, and how to push through their own disappointment when it took more work than they expected.
But I am so proud of my three musketeers! Now, every morning after breakfast I wait to find out who will say it first:
Who wants to go ride bikes with me?!
Tiny helmets and shoes on, they go flying out that back door as fast as their feet can carry them.
Of course, we’ve had to come up with some safety rules, like…
- Don’t drive your bike into anything including other bikes, fences, cars and animals. (Boys naturally try to crash into things I think it’s in their genetic makeup.)
- Yell “Coming up behind you!” before you pass someone.
- Don’t swerve when someone is passing.
- Don’t go near your sisters.
- Always wear shoes and helmets.
Rules for three new bikers probably looks different than a single rider.
Pray for Them
Letting go of control can be hard as a parent. As much as we want to see them succeed, it can be scary to cut the apron strings, or in our case, take off the training wheels. But, wisdom and understanding are both gifts from the Lord and are derived from experience self-learned or by watching others. At some point, you gotta let go and pray for wisdom and understanding.
Lord, let (Name) be blessed when (he/she) “finds wisdom, and [becomes] the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.” In your name I pray, amen. – Proverbs 3:13-14
There are two times a day that are set in stone at our house. If we miss them, it isn’t pretty. It’s usually on a Saturday when I drop the ball because Brian is home and I’ve the freedom to focus elsewhere. About 10:30 he frantically looks at our screaming children and says, “What just happened?” And I answer, “It’s probably 10:30.” To which I get a blank stare… “Snack time, love. Did they have a snack yet?”
So here is our family favorites:
- Cheese Sticks – full fat.
- Graham Crackers (Daddy puts Nutella on them, mommy doesn’t. I guess you can see who the favorite is here.)
- Baby Carrots and Hummus
- Something leftover from breakfast like a biscuit or a pancake.
- Bananas, apples or oranges
I would love to hear what you have in your cornucopia! We could all use some fresh ideas.
Fun fact: Between the 7 of us, we go through 16 bananas a week. They range between $0.50-.60 per banana. A budget friendly option.