Monday, March 21, 2011
slow and steady
Do you remember that day last summer when we thought it time to take Moonpie's training wheels off? Do you remember the tears and the frustration?
Just look at my poor baby! It breaks my heart to see that!
She has been asking for a while now to try again, and yesterday we finally did it. You know what happened? She did it. She did it! There was no running behind the bike, no wobbly legs. She just took off like she'd been doing it for years! We were all so proud of our girl.
This moment, on the bike, was another confirmation for one of the aspects I feel strongly about in child rearing and education. When a child is ready, they will succeed. I think back to all of those parent/teacher conferences I took part in when I taught in the public school. I had the inkling of the thought that the children would get it when they were ready, but that wasn't a popular notion with my parents or the administration. But now I am confident in this thinking. Some children need gentle nudges and encouragement, and some just take off on their own, but the fact remains that if you let a child move at their own pace, the success will be easier to come by.
I could have set Moonpie outside for the last year forcing her to ride- and she would have been miserable in the process. But this way, allowing her to trust her own judgement and her own intuition, she proudly conquered what she set out to do.
Slow and steady.
In her own time.