Last week, I mentioned about the pride swelling in my chest from being part of the NWF campaign called “Be Out There,” a joint project with the National Wildlife Federation and The Motherhood. It’s a free e-book that helps parents figure out creative ways to get their kids outside.
My specific section was on balancing screen time with green time, an ongoing challenge in my household. It’s getting better and getting easier, though, because the weather is getting cooler and I have some news. Even more exciting that being part of the NWF e-book.
EVAN CAN RIDE A BIKE!!!
It’s blurry because it’s an action shot. BECAUSE HE IS RIDING ALL BY HIMSELF!
My heart seriously swelled up with pride and my eyes filled with tears when I saw him finally riding after just a few short months ago when he wanted nothing to do with his bike with training wheels because it was “too hard.” After many days filled with I can’t do it, HE CAN DO IT!
In case my CAPS and exclamation points aren’t conveying this properly, I am so excited for him. But now comes the best part…
He wants me to ride my bike with him! He asks me if I want to ride bikes. While I don’t do it very often, I love to ride my bike and so I whipped that bad boy out, pumped up the tires, threw on my helmet, and we rode up and down the street together. All of the sudden I started envisioning family trips where we all ride our bikes through lovely wooded paths and stop for a healthy, nutritious picnic lunch. And maybe even a rare spotted owl crosses our path as well.
I mean, if I’m going to dream, I’m going to dream big.
Now it’s time for you to dream big or just share ideas about getting your kids outside. I’ve teamed up with National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement and The Motherhood to encourage families to spend time outdoors, even in the summer heat. Together we’ve created an amazing e-book packed with great ideas for fun-filled summer days with your kids! Using the e-book as a resource, you can say goodbye to summer boredom, as you’ll have plenty of activities for all different occasions to suggest for kids of all ages.
Getting outside can be fun for the whole family, but sometimes we just need some inspiration from other like-minded moms. Read the e-book here: http://issuu.com/
This gives me hope. We got the big girls bikes for Christmas in 2011, and they have had no interest once they see that it involves pedaling AND steering, so “Yeah I want to walk.”
All I can say is thank God for peer pressure. Once he got it, though, he hasn’t stopped smiling. Now he asks me all the time to go out and ride bikes!
The day my oldest learned to ride I was all smiles, because my neighbor taught him and there was no crying from him or me, which was different from our early training sessions. That is still the best parenting moment of my life so far. 😉