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Asphalt Mothering

I learned a great lesson on mothering for Mother's Day. Everyone let me have a nap this afternoon and I had a dream that my daughter Leslie and I were out riding bikes. I hit a pothole (typical) with a start and woke myself up. Trying to pull myself out of the post-nap-grog, I suggested to Leslie that we go practice her bike riding. She received a bike for her 4th birthday but with two little brothers having come along since then, she hasn't learned yet.  Now we are on summer age 7. We've changed flat tires and adjusted seats. We've removed the training wheels. The weather has been frigid all spring. But today, well, today Mom had a nap, a dream, sunny weather and a sunny disposition to go with it.
Back to the cool mothering lesson I learned. I tried something different with her today. Usually I run behind her on the sidewalk and try to keep her from steering into the grass every two seconds and hopping off, then starting over, etc. Today we ventured into new territory--an entire empty development loop just north of our house. Half a mile of newly paved road in a loop with nary a car or a house. I started her in the dead middle of the road. The first few attempts were a little rough, but exciting because she finally had room to ride into the S curve and correct her balance on the push off. She SSSd all over the street, sometimes doing circles. BUT SHE STAYED ON. By the time we got to the back side of the loop, she was going in a straight line, and was officially riding her bike, stopping and starting with no problems. All this time 'staying between the lines' was holding her back! She needed enough room to balance out and correct herself for her to learn how to do it. I think sometimes I impose too many restrictions as a mother. My kids need a little room to learn.  Luckily, the Lord also placed us on this earth, to give us a little asphalt to put our tires to.  Hopefully we can figure it out and come back to him with just a few scraped knees!

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1 Comment about "Asphalt Mothering"

said this on 10 Jun 2008 3:00:36 PM CDT
I hope Heavenly Father has as much patience with me as you did with your daughter on Mother's Day. I'm SSSS'ing all over the place trying not to skin my knees too much as I take on life and learn the lessons I need to learn.

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