I mentioned in a previous post that Baby learned to ride a two-wheeler!
What I didn't mention is that Middle, who is 5 and a full year older than Baby, still can't.
As any parent knows, it is absolutely mindblowing that your children can all be SO DIFFERENT. With different abilities, different skills, and different physical and mental strengths, I often am amazed that all 3 of my boyz actually came out of the SAME WOMB.
That day, Baby first took the initiative and asked me to help him practice riding his bike. I obliged. Once Middle saw Baby having success, he, of course, wanted to try too. (A classic case of sibling rivalry at its finest, right?)
But Middle had trouble balancing. And subsequently kept falling each time I let go.
Both boyz began to get frustrated and impatient because they had to wait 5 WHOLE MINUTES (which apparently is like AN HOUR in kid-time) to take turns. So I got the grand idea to remove the training wheels from another bike. Problem solved.
Yet as Baby continued to get more and more successful, Middle became increasingly whiny and obstinate. Soon the "I can'ts" let loose.
And there I was, alternately trying to empower Baby with praise for his mastery of a new skill; yet at the same time trying to be sensitive to Middle and his feelings. (With Baby yelling as he zoomed by on the bike, "I'm 4! I can ride a bike! You're 5 and youuuuuuu can't!)
Needless to say, that was a day where my Mad Parenting Skillz were put to the test and one in which I was extremely grateful to be involved with the Fishful Thinking program. Please check it out - I promise you will learn something new!
From the website:
With Fishful Thinking, parents can:
*talk with kids about how to deal with the ups and downs of life
*teach effective problem-solving techniques to help kids grow with a feeling of competence
*help kids develop an optimistic attitude that allows them to move past setbacks and obstacles
*help kids to develop their confidence and reach their full potential
*empower themselves to develop positive communication with their children and practice the skills with their kids using fun, easy activities
*connect with other parents to find solutions that help develop happier, healthier, more resilient children.