Parenting confession... our 4.5 year old has hardly ever ridden a bike. Well, I could give plenty of
reasons excuses why (a girl who chooses making craft over bike-riding offers, no footpaths or parks by our house for easy access, etc etc) but at the end of the day, it's just one of those things that slipped through the cracks. Yes, I find there are certain parenting to do's I just realise one day we kinda 'forgot' to do (or rather, we didn't push), like the whole bike riding thing. Oh, the shame.
So, today, Mark dragged out the second-hand bike given to us by some kind neighbours a while back and also (somewhat) dragged out a girl who insisted she would much rather be creating a cat out of a shoe box (don't worry, she finished that later that day). We realised a level little cul-de-sac across from our house was the perfect training ground. Lily is a cautious Little Miss with physical stuff like this, a little nervous and a little quick to say 'it's too hard' and stop trying. So it was also a good opportunity to work on perseverance and improving skills too.
Although we realised she is already outgrowing the bike (doh!), after a little bit of encouragement and some assistance with some push-starts... before too long, she was cruising along and her beaming smile said it all. She did it. And now? She asks every day to go out to riding again and gets better, faster and more confident each time. Well, perhaps she is making up for lost time! Those training wheels may be off before we know it!
Daddy's been doing a lot of gardening. His little sidekick is quick to call 'I help you gardening, Daddy!' as soon as he sees him pull out the gardening gear. Mark got him his own adorable little pair of gardening gloves so he can help dig, weed and carry. Not much of that actually happens (playing with sticks is more fun), but he is dressed for the occasion so that's something, right!?
(fitting for my little angel)
Project 52: A portrait of my children, once a week, every week for 2013.
More highlights from the week that was...
|A kiss from a princess...|
|Reading to her brother - never too early to start!|
|Miles endures another overly-affectionate hug. He is loved.|
|This image makes me smile as I suspect loving neck-embraces will in a few short years turn into wrestling choke-holds?!|
|Lily takes her turn holding Baby. Note Eli in the background, pillow on lap, awaiting his turn.|
I think I need to work out some kind of ticketing system!!
|Rainy day snuggled in bed with my baby. Bliss.|
|Cruising on his scooter...|
|In my arms // The looks he gives|