Neither of the boys can ride a bike. At least without training wheels. E-man's only five, so not that big a deal. But Gabriel is eight. Past time. Two summers ago, he and I tried. No go. Last summer he and I tried again. If anything, it was harder to get him to try last year than the year before. Not because he was lazy, and not because he doesn't care. But because he lacked self-confidence. He was scared to try, because he thought he would fail. I got him to try the only way I knew how: bribed him with Lego. "If you try 100 times, I will buy you a Lego set." We almost got it. It seemed obvious that he could physically do it; he rode at least 20 feet a couple of times. But in his head, he got frustrated. And discouraged. And that was it. Lego or no Lego, he was done with cycling. Which is not to say that I could not have been more persistent. I could have been. But just kinda didn't make a priority I guess. Bad dad.
But now it's a new season! And JJ is bound and determined to get them both riding this summer! And as for Gabriel, he is sporting a new confidence these days. I wish I could attribute it to parenting but I honestly think a lot of it is coming from his school. Where his old school was tearing him down, these guys are building him up. Helping him believe he can do anything. An example of this confidence? A couple of weeks ago, we are swimming in a friend's pool. There's a diving board. Into the deep end. He had never jumped off a diving board before. Not only did he want to try, but after getting me to spot for him the first time, he was like "don't touch me dad! I can jump in and swim to the side myself!" And then he was swimming to the bottom of the pool! I mean, look at this kid!
And Gabe? Well, see for yourself! Commence video!