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Isaac’s best bud, Oliver, can ride a two wheeler. Isaac has been riding a two-wheeled scooter. He’s had a bike for a few years now, but hasn’t had a lot of enthusiasm to learn to ride it. Friday Ily and I convinced him to just coast down the driveway with his feet out to the sides. The deal was he only had to do it three times. He didn’t like it, but he did fine. Saturday we made him do it another three times. At the end he said, “This is getting kind of fun.” Today, Sunday, after being very good at church, and very patient while Mom and Dad enjoyed Sunday Afternoon Naps, he asked if he could try his bike out again. Sure, we said, and headed outside. He went down the driveway three times again, and then went again and again and again. After a while I told him to try putting his feet on the pedals for a bit while he was coasting, just to see what it feels like. He put his feet on the pedals, and then he just started pedaling down the street. I just stood and watched in shock for a bit, and then took off running when he disappeared around the corner. I didn’t have to go too far before he came back around with a huge grin on his face. “Can I ride to the park now?”

I feel like a successful father today.

Isaac mastered his two-wheeler today.  Once he got started, he didn’t want to stop.
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Tonight, the cool thing is that Isaac was able to ride around the park with Oliver. This skill has brought him some new independence because he can wander the whole park now without me (Ily). Wow, he must be a big kid now.

Ok, really the coolest part about him learning to ride was that we didn’t have to hurt our backs running along beside him leaning over to hold him up. He has great balance and all we had to do was get him to try it before he picked up on the whole bike riding process. Mind you, getting him to try was hard, but it didn’t require physical aches and pains!

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Mindy September 24, 2007 at 2:19 p.m.

Way to go Isaac! He's a pro already. That's amazing he learned so quick. He sure was ready!