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   Posted 7/10/2011 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
In April my 5 year old announced he wanted to learn how to ride his bike without training wheels. In late May he told us since he was no longer a pre-schooler he was too old for them so we began the process.

Knowing that the traditional method of holding onto the bike and run along side was out due to my health I decided to just start raising the training wheels. Every week or so I would raise them another 1/2 inch or so until they were all the way up. Not too long after that the wheels broke and he was left with just the brackets which worked well as a "reminder" that he was tipping over when they would scrape. All in all it took him about a month to get to this point.

July 1st he told me he wanted the brackets off. When I took them off I noticed his back tire was flat and that he also needed a new tire. We had to wait a couple of weeks before we had the money to get a new inner tube and tire which I finally got put on this evening at which point I sat outside on the porch to watch him ride for a while.

He did really well going in a straight line but had problems turning as he was used to being able to turn sharp and fast with the training wheels on. I talked to him for a few moments explaining what he needed to do and after a couple of minutes he had it down. I sat there watching him in awe and pride for about an hour as he rode up and down the side walk and practicing his turns. In just a few minutes he went from making really wide ones to being able to turn around in little more than the width of the sidewalk.

This kid was determined to ride without training wheels this year. He set that goal for himself and never gave up, and he also largely taught himself how to do it. I don't know what I am most proud of. Learning it himself or that he set a goal and saw it through to the end.

I have praised him BIG time for all of it. This kid has always had a natural perseverance. No matter what, if it was something he wanted to do he would find a way to do it, and I have and am doing my best to foster this in him as I know if it continues and grows it can serve him well all of his life.

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   Posted 7/10/2011 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jim!…that was a great story! …reminded of my own daughters doing the same thing. Keep building those memories with them, because before long, they are all grown up, and ready to release the parental training wheels.

…again!…I enjoyed it!

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   Posted 7/10/2011 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Tell me about it. I have a 21 year old son too, so I know all about memories and how fast they grow up.

To this day I can recall when my oldest was about 2 or 3 and he was helping me clean up my car. He was having a blast running between the car and the trash can as we were cleaning out the trunk, under the seats and stuff when he stopped and said "Daddy, I know you love me cause you let me help you."

It was a chilly day in early spring and I can still see him in his little coat with his hood up and pulled snugly around his face.
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   Posted 7/11/2011 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I really enjoyed the story too Jim.  I am teaching my seven year old granddaughter how to sew and we are having such a good time.  I am taking it slowly, getting her use to holding, threading and sewing with a needle.  Next, she will try the sewing machine.  I am so proud of her too.
Again, thanks for sharing.
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   Posted 7/11/2011 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing.... yeah
Not only do I love the story.... but I love what a devoted, wonderful father you are.  From your posts, I've always gotten a sense of what a committed dad you are and how much you love your kids (I knew you had the younger one...but didn't know you had an older son, too). 
Thanks again for sharing.  --Tina

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   Posted 7/11/2011 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
wow Jim, your doing a great job...
congrats on that and cherish those good moments and if you
can get a picture of it....
well wishes...
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   Posted 7/11/2011 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing, Jim. And Lindaloo and the others too.
I got my grandson swimming without "swimmies" a couple of weeks ago just before he turned 5. He calls me daily to ask if I will come down to the pool and watch him and his brother (3). The pool is between his house and mine.
It's uplifting and such fun knowing you have had a part in a kid's growing up in a positive manner.

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   Posted 7/11/2011 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful story Jim! There are so many things to get caught up in when our kids are growing that we can lose sight of what wonderful little people they are and the things they do to learn and help. You are doing a wonderful job as a dad! Congratulations to your son. It makes me remember how my boys learned with me, and how my youngest was bound and determined to catch up to his big brother. He rode his bike for hours at a time, scraping knees and getting bruises all over his legs, just to be able to ride with the big boys. He was so proud of himself when he finally had it, his sense of balance was bad at that time due to ear infections.

Thank you all for lifting my day!
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   Posted 7/11/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Great story Jim, I am a big beliver in positive reinforcement, when mine were young, I told them every day that they could do anything in the world they wanted to as long as they got an education, there was no stopping them. 
I remember my mother telling me not to tell them they were the best, the greatest, the world was there's all they had to do was believe in themselves.
They believed me.  Just as your 5 year old knew he could, and settings that goal, priceless.  You should be very proud.
Great work dad, and great work son.
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   Posted 7/11/2011 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim, what I like so much about your story is the slow and steady way you helped him to achieve his goal. That is cool....your son has a very determined attitude and so must you for helping him to figure out a way to get to full confidence....

Your son is going to have a very fun summer :)
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