Liv has been freaking out about riding her bike without training wheels for about three months. And by "freaking out", I mean "bursting into tears when the topic is mentioned, and sobbing uncontrollably as her incredibly mean parents push her bike to the stop sign and back". Well, after walking group Monday morning, we came home and she wanted to give it a try. Five minutes later (I am no exaggerating), we had this.
I am posting these little videos for a few reasons:
1) As historical reminders to myself that Olivia always pulls through. Just when I think the sobbing and fits and bawling over a new experience (a new experience such as walking, potty training, swimming, preschool, kindergarten, a.k.a. EVERYTHING) are going to drive both of us to suicide, she succeeds. And she succeeds fantastically.
2) As a prompt for a discussion about rewards vs. bribes. I decided that I would offer Olivia a reward for learning to ride her bike with no training wheels. If she could make it from our driveway to the stop sign and back with no assistance from me whatsoever, she could pick something out of our present box. Is this a bribe? Or a reward? (And is a reward the same thing as "positive reinforcement"?)
3) As a little chisel to my vanity. I hate my voice as recorded, but it probably does me good to hear it and post it anyway.