Can you look back into your life and pinpoint some situations or periods of time when you really could have used some guidance? There were many decisions to be made. Who guided you?
I actually shake my head in disbelief sometimes when it occurs to me how easy it could have been to change my path.
In 8th grade, I held records for my track achievements. I was the anchor in our 4 person relay team. My coach named me MVP. Then, at graduation, she wrote in my yearbook, warning me to try to remain ‘coachable’. She knew that I was talented but I was also a rebel that resisted her authority.
That was the last year I can remember excelling at a sport, or even caring about being on a team.
Coach saw it coming. She had a talk with me about how someday, a track scout from a…
Our first daughter got the traditional tricycle and bike with training wheels and is just now ready to take them off. She’s terrified. We were the subject of that typical taking-off-of-the-training wheels scene where Abby was hemming and hawing, whining and crying, and making that little iffy freaked out noise in her throat as both parents literally helicopter over her while she starts to pedal. One of us held the seat, the other helped her hold the handlebars straight and we were off. She did great by herself after much ahh, aaahhhhhh, AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHing and several light falls that didn’t even cause minor abrasions. This is all very American and beautiful in it’s own nostalgic way.
HOWEVER, my father (Grampa to my children) purchased Cate a Kazam. I don’t know how much the brand name matters but the concept! This is a toddler bike that is GENIUS!
No training wheels.
That’s right. I was skeptical when I first saw one at the sporting goods store. So skeptical I opted for my oldest to go traditional. But then Kazam was on Shark Tank and I started to think about it and when Grampa offered to buy Cate a bike for the summer, we asked if he would be willing to do the Kazam and he was all for it!
The concept is to get the kid to learn steering and balance naturally. It totally works. While we were struggling with Abby and taking off the training wheels, Cate has already, in only a couple weeks, learned how to balance and steer and all that awesomeness and we are never going to have to have a kid freaking out about the lack of training wheels again.