Saturday, November 26, 2011

How to teach an 8yr old to ride a bike...

HELP!!! We need your assistance. I didn't push the issue of bike riding and just figured he would have learned to ride by now. I learned at 6 but back then my two sisters and I had one bike and there were no training wheels. I think having older siblings helped me learn early because I wanted to be able to keep up with them so I had some motivation to learn and in the 70's kids actually played outside so pretty much everyone knew how to ride. That's not my son's reality though. There are no older siblings and he doesn't have any neighborhood friends.

I first started trying when my son was 5 or 6 but I would be huffing and sweating to death trying to run next to the bike he always said he was afraid of falling. I tried again taking the training wheels off about a year later and still no luck so I backed off so I just let him ride with the training wheels on.

Now it's crunch time...the 3rd graders will be riding bikes in PE when they go back to school and he does NOT want to do it. He doesn't want his friends and classmates to know he can't ride. He has even asked me to let him skip school...

What do I do??!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Three things on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I"m posting my 3 things in the spirit of this day. There are way more than 3 things that I could post because I have to constantly remind myself of all the blessings and good things I DO have in my life (which is why I started this series).

My 3 things:

Cell phone--my baby is out of town this week (BOO HOO) and I can't imagine NOT being able to talk to him everyday

Family--although most of them went out of town (and I spent the day alone), I still wouldn't trade them for anything

Being off today--didn't think I would get the day off and that would've been my first time ever working Thanksgiving. Glad it worked out for me

Have a great one all!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

3 things on Saturday

My new series of posting three things I'm thankful for will be done on Tuesday's from here on out but I was just too busy this past Tuesday so here goes:

1. Having both Saturday AND Sunday off...woo hoo! Haven't had a weekend off in quite some time

2. All bills paid for the month

3. Had a free night last night...little one slept at a friend's

What is everyone else thankful for?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

3 Things...

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I thought now would be a great time to introduce something new to the blog. I've been planning to do this for some time now but haven't gotten around to it.

I'm stealing borrowing this idea from a discussion board that I frequent. It's just a way to remind us that there are things in life to be thankful for even when that doesn't appear to be the case. Anywho...here are my 3 things for the week

My son
Life (each new day is a chance for me to get closer to the life I want)
Being healthy (for the most part)

I will be doing this on a weekly basis and I hope others will join in and share three things that you are thankful for.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Random Saturday thoughts in November

I haven't been posting much lately, just too tired after parenting, studying and working. I also haven't done my random thoughts post lately, so here goes..

Why is forgiveness SO hard?! I have posted a couple of times about my journey to forgive but man, it is tough. It doesn't help that the person I'm trying to forgive continues to show his assholeness at random intervals (like just when I think I've made progress).

So, my son got his first detention since starting school and he serves it on Monday. As if, third grade hasn't been enough of a challenge for him, now this. Anyway, I told him not to worry about it and we will work together to make sure he doesn't get anymore.

How do all of you solo parents balance it? I thought I was handling everything pretty well until the last couple years. I just feel overwhelmed on a regular basis lately (might be why my doc put me on Xanax a few months ago). Really, how do you do it?