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Lynda Loveland: Biker babe

Posted April 4, 2012

Lynda Loveland

We’ve officially de-training-wheeled our second kids’ bike.

My five-year-old is now a two wheeler instead of a four wheeler. Carys, my baby, just took off.

She asked me to take off the wheels a few weeks ago. You see, her friends in the neighborhood are older and THEY don’t have training wheels. Can you say incentive???

I did the running beside her, holding onto the seat thing maybe four times. Ripped off a toenail in the process. The biggest problem was she refused to wear shorts or pants, so her dress kept getting hooked on the seat. She’s a fashion first girl. (Lord help me, when she reaches her tweens!)

She was doing really well. Actually better than my older daughter who got so frustrated she gave it up for a few months. The biggest difference was Carys wanted to do it by herself. She tried harder to get started on her own. I was so impressed with her attitude. She didn’t get upset, frustrated or mad.

I was getting ready to make dinner yesterday when Carys came in and said she wanted to go out and practice riding. I told her I couldn’t go with her because of dinner. She said she wanted to go by herself.

At this point, she couldn’t go more than a couple of feet on her own. She was on the cusp. I knew it wouldn’t be long. It kinda just happens.

Not ten minutes later, my husband came in and said, you’re not going to believe it, you gotta see Carys! I stopped mid-chop and rushed outside. Sure enough, my baby was cruising down the street smiling proudly. A big grin spread across my face and I got teary eyed. She’d done it, practically on her own!

What next? Today training wheels, tomorrow the car keys? Wow, it happens so quickly.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Click here to like her on Facebook. Find her here every Thursday.


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  • VT1994Hokie Apr 5, 2012

    Nice story.

  • terrid21 Apr 5, 2012

    It is the best when you watch them figure something out, isn't it! We actually got to skip the training wheels part, my wife did some research and we tried using a "balance bike". It is basically a bike with no pedals, which helped teach our daughter balance while allowing her to put her feet down any time she felt shaky. Once she got her "2 wheeler" this year, she was off and riding within an hour(she if 5)I would highly recommend it for any parents who little ones are just getting the itch for their own bike. Now, what did they do with the car that Fred Flinstone use to drive, I think that would be perfect for Jessica to start out on!

  • Glass Half Full Apr 5, 2012

    As tall as you are, Linda, you need what I used to help teach my daughter to ride her bike. It's a handle that attaches under the seat and comes up behind the seat that the parent holds on to. No more leaning over and you're actually behind the bike. Once they get going faster than you can run, you let go, and before you know it they're on their own. I think it works better because they can't see you and before they're aware of it, you're not helping anymore. It's all about learning how to balance and saving toenails! My mom bought it for me, it came from some little gift catalog. You've still got one more to go.

  • thecatsmeow67 Apr 5, 2012

    Lynda, love your posts. taling about riding bikes. We have had the best time this week "bagging" on our "do anything" blonde 13 yo. We biked 18 miles downhill/flat terrian of the famous Creeper Trail up here in beautiful Abington/Damascus,Va. on Teusday. We are roughly 30-40 yrs older than her and after about the first 7 or 8 miles she was complaining about how sore she was. Mom and Dad here out biked her and we had not biked with any regularity in about 20 yrs. Love it. We will be coming back up here. Lynda, enjoy this time because every day I look at my daughter and ask where has the time gone.

  • draew Apr 5, 2012

    Your last line reminds me of the commercial with the father giving his daughter the car keys -- he's picturing her as a small child when she is really probably 16 or older.

    Definitely a reason to enjoy each day because they grow up so fast.