After years of resistance my 9 year old daughter has learnt to ride her bike!!!
She's always been worried about falling whereas her younger brother who's 5 mastered it last year.
It was partly our fault as we didn't take her out often enough on her little bike with stabilisers. She outgrew it quickly and the replacement was too big to have stabilisers fitted. This meant she refused to get on it and it ended up gathering dust/cobwebs/rust.
This summer I told her she had to learn to ride. She wasn't terribly enthusiastic but went along with it.
Literally after 4 attempts with me holding the saddle she was away.
When she realised she was doing it alone she was thrilled.
For half hour she was pedalling around our local park. On the way home she had a few wobbles and nearly went into a couple of walls but that was a steering issue haha!!!
I plan to take both children out a few times over the summer aided by hunting for bloody Pokémon. Has anyone else given in to the Pokémon craze??? My son is literally turning into a techno addict.
I think a new bike is now firmly being added to the Christmas list and I'm really pleased.