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Barack Levin

Author: Barack Levin


Posted by Barack Levin on June 17th, 2009

My five year old son and I decided to take the training wheels off of his bicycle. When he tried riding his bicycle without the training wheels, I had to run like crazy along the side of him, holding on to both him and the bicycle, so that he did not fall.

He was happy to try riding without the training wheels, but failed at the attempt. He could not keep his balance and made good use of his protective gear as he crashed on the ground.

He tried again the next day. This time, on his first attempt, he just took off and rode by himself. Although he was still not stable, he could ride in a straight line. We were so happy that he reached this milestone; finally, he could ride like a big kid.

It was at this point that I realized something new. It was not enough to teach my kid how to ride his bicycle; I first needed to teach him how to crash safely. Riding a bicycle was easy, but, falling from it was a hard lesson which needed to be learned.

A real lesson in life, for me, as a parent, was that I will need to show my kids how to stand up after they fall.

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