Mom Life, View from the chair



Mirium Webster defines determination as

a the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also the result of such an act of decision
b firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end
This morning I watched as my daughter tried to ride her bike without her training wheels for the first time.  Over and over and OVER again.  She would lean and put a foot down.  Start over.  She would start to wobble.  Start over.  She would go a few feet and then stop.  Start over.  With such determination, she is trying and trying and trying again!
I am in awe of her courage.  Riding a bike might not seem like a big deal but put it in perspective.  She is small.  Young.  Brave.  I know a skinned knee is in our future.  But that is not stopping her.  My thought is if she can problem solve and tackle hard things when she is young she will be equipped to tackle harder things in the future.  Do I want her to fall and get hurt?  No.  But that is a part of life.  Sometimes in life, you skin your knee, trip, fall.  In real life, you need to know how to self-care and get back in the game.  I don’t want her to be afraid to fail.  To fall.  To bleed.  I can’t protect her from real life.  But I can give her the skills she needs to face what comes her way.
Ride on baby girl.  Ride on!
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  1. awww well done, it is really hard to learn a bike but once it is mastered it will not be forgotten X #bloggerclubuk

    1. beachchairtracy

      It is the first steps to freedom!

  2. I love this post! Some children are so wrapped up in cotton wool they don’t get to fully experience the things you mention. Good luck to your daughter, she’ll be pedalling proud in no time! #fortheloveofblog

  3. i have it firmly fixed in my mind when child 4 of 5 first rode a bike, we were teaching child 3 to ride and all of a sudden child 4 aged 3 came whizzing past us, peddling away

  4. Ride on indeed. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG x

  5. Rosie

    She is so cute! I still remember the first time I wheeled away without the training wheels, my dad was helping me. It was a “rush” to sense the ability to do that, the payoff for all that determination, and falling down a few times, too!

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