A lot Buts, but riding nonetheless

SandA I had a double lesson today (which always is interesting) with brother and sister, Selim and Assia (7 and 10).  It’s always interesting to try and predict outcomes, too.  Assia was full of fear and chatted quite a bit, usually including a “but” statement.  “I’d like to ride, but I’m nervous.”  “I am listening, but I’m not able to do it.”  But, but, but.  Meanwhile, younger brother, Selim was willing to try anything, but equally nervous. 

The challenge with teaching “older” kids is they are bigger and their bikes (wheel diameters) are bigger, so they go faster without trying to.  With this in mind, we had to work on coasting right away.  The funny part was, pretty quickly, Assia was getting more and more confident and wanted her turn while Selim took his.  And the opposite, Selim was getting less excited (he had a few abrupt stops which threw him off a little).  He persevered and we kept on going.

Assia still had ‘buts’ right to the end; however, she was riding on her own.  Selim is going to practice some more and come back for some final fine tuning (but he is really close).  He may even get the last part on his own and not need more help.  Both kids smiled a lot and seemed to enjoy the journey.  Which will be important, as they are taking their skills across the pond to live in Paris very soon.  Lots of bike there!


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