He's 9 years old and he has never wanted to learn how to ride a bike.
Two years ago, the Lead Singer and I bought him a bike for Christmas, hoping that it would peak his interest in riding on his own. It didn't. That shouldn't have surprised us. He didn't even want to ride a trike at age 3. So, in an effort to boost his skills a bit.... we took him for a bike ride.
I'd like to report to you that he loved every minute of it. He didn't. At one point, the Lead Singer was offering him 10 bucks... to be put into a safe place only to be used for a trip to the Bahamas each time we went on a ride together and he didn't whine.
He simply said.. he'd be 80 years old before he had enough money.
As a mom, I want to tell him that biking riding is fun, and something you will never ever regret knowing and learning how to do. He just doesn't see it. He itches, He sweats, He has to work. It just doesn't come naturally to him. He gives up a ton, and walks.
I can't make him learn. I can encourage till I'm blue in the face, and I did, but really its a decision to risk changing that every person simply must make on their own. Ultimately it's up to him to take the time to learn a new skill. Learning is most defiantly not the funnest part. In fact, many many many times it's the stinkiest part of the whole process.
But if you persevere. You can and will wake up one day and the thing you struggled to do over and over again, will be like breathing and then you will, of course, turn blue for the person next to you.. so they can live...truly free.
"and let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."