We’re Learning

At the first signs of Spring, I watched the girls bring out their bikes and speed down the street. They still had training wheels on, and I realized that they weren’t even trying to balance – they kind of coasted on one side, leaned over and completely supported by the wheel. 

I need to take those off or they’ll never learn“, I said to my husband. 

Despite my husbands hesitation, we took off the training wheels and threw them out. Just like that. My approach was the, ‘you don’t have them, so you better learn’ method. 

Well, the girls had zero balance. Nada. They couldn’t even get onto their bikes and get their feet up without falling over. 

This resulted in them avoiding their bikes for the next month and a half. 

I wish we had just kept those training wheels on. At least then they’d be on their bikes this summer“, said hubby.

I smelled a challenge.

My mission for summer 2014 was to get these girls riding, it was my one main goal. To be fully honest, it was my husbands doubt that was my fuel. Oh, it was on.

So, during the last couple weeks of school, I thought about how to best tackle this because frankly – they outnumber me. I asked friends and I fully admit to doing a Google search {no help}.

With the bike-strike, they were left with one scooter. Fights galore? You bet! Really? I have twins, WHY did I buy just one scooter years ago? It’s like I’m new here!

Then I remembered that Barbie had sent us a cool scooter which I hadn’t yet introduced to the girls. With happy shrieks, they jumped on it. Yet – they couldn’t ride it very well at the beginning. 


You see, the old scooter had 2 wheels at the back, whereas the new Barbie scooter just just one. Again, they have no balance on wheels and the old scooter was partly to blame! Gah!

In retrospect, parents, go with the one-wheeled scooter right off the bat. It’s a smarter design and the other does nothing for balance. Live and learn. 


It only took a couple tries for the twins to gain some balancing skills with thanks to the new Barbie scooter. Side note, it’s so cute since it comes with a little mini-scooter for a doll friend {Insert: ‘awww, so cute’!}.


Then it was July 1st – fresh out of school and we were packing up to go to our creek property for camping. I loaded the twins bikes into the van, determined to make this happen.

After lunch that day, it was time. Now or never. The girls were nervous, ‘Mom, can Barbie come with me for this?‘ asked Katie. ‘That’s why you have a basket on your bike hun, of course!‘. She relaxed a little and off we went, helmets on and to the grassed area. 

I instructed the girls to put their feet on the pedals and when I pushed their bikes forward, they were to push with their feet. They got about 10 cm and fell over. “It’s ok, get up and let’s try again“. 

Back and forth I went from twin to twin, and with each push they went farther before stopping and falling. I was a sweaty mess from running back and forth from child to child, along with the heat that day – but I persisted.

They persisted, despite getting frustrated at times. 

Yet slowly and surely, they went farther with each push until they could go the length of the green. By this time, neighbouring campers had heard the commotion and had placed their lawn chairs by their trailers, enthralled with the afternoon show. Pretty soon my cheers were joined with theirs. 

Next I moved onto the next step. Get off the grass.

See, I did it this way because not only is grass better to fall on, but it’s harder to bike on it. So, if they can master biking on grass, it’ll be much easier to bike on packed gravel. 

And it was!


Once the girls moved over to the gravel road, it was much easier for them and they just took off! My cheeks hurt from smiling. They were so proud of themselves. 


My little ones, cruising down the road, with Barbie bouncing in their baskets with them. It was a sight that I’ll always remember, and I’m pretty sure there was a young Tammi that did the very same thing years ago. Bikes and Barbies. They were a summer tradition, and a perfect pair. 


It took more time for the twins to learn to fully get going on the bike without me pushing, yet that came all on their own with practice. After they gained the balance and confidence to stay upright, I stopped giving them that initial push and at times it took them numerous tries to get going. But, they did learn to start and keep the momentum, all on their own. 


The first days of summer 2014, I met my main goal. The twins now ride their bikes and after 15 years of being without – I bought one too.

Together, we’ve been riding through our neighbourhood all month long. It’s a new kind of freedom, having all your kids ride their bikes solo. It’s new world of adventures and fun.

Through this my hubby learned not to doubt his girls or his stubborn determined wife, and I learned to not be intimidated by a big parenting job x2.

The girls? Well, they learned that they could do anything, especially with a little help and support from family and friends {even from those smiling at you from the basket or at the front of your scooter}.  

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  1. Dede says

    Love this!! My son hasn’t learned how to get off the training wheels yet but my daughter took to it very naturally. Barbie bikes are a great incentive for getting kids outside to play, which is something we LOVE to do!

    • says

      My oldest was very hard to teach, i don’t think she did until almost 7. By then she was the only one in the class to not ride a 2-wheeled bike. She came home from a bike-a-thon in tears, she was embarrassed. That’s what it took to get her going. I have to admit, that was part of the reason why I was so adamant on the twins learning now, some of their friends had been inviting us on bike rides and I wanted the twins to be able to ride with them and keep up. In any case, done and done. They’re all over! lol

  2. Sarah says

    I just love those moments when your kid learns something new or experiences something exciting for the first time. A week ago we were in Big Bear and my daughter rode on a really fast boat for the first time… I didn’t foresee it being a big moment, but the look on her face when we really started racing – just pure excitement. I’m blessed to experience the world through her eyes. Congrats on the big biking-riding kids = ) I love that scooter!

    • says

      Awe, that is so sweet, I can just picture it! I love the ‘wow’ look on their faces, new experiences and new discoveries. Kids are amazing little ones! btw – the scooter is awesome, so durable and sturdy. I’d recommend it to anyone!

  3. Kasandria says

    I love that you documented this. Now when they have kids you can go back and show them when they learned to ride. Don’t worry. I used the just take them off approach as well. :)

    • says

      Yeah, I love that about this space too – one day they can read back and know. Unlike those baby books that I never completed. Haha, I guess they got something better! 😉

  4. Daisy says

    That’s awesome that the girls had a great time and such confidence with your support. Those are some cool Barbie rides too!

    • says

      I’m so happy too, I love being able to bike with them, it was one of the highlights of the summer. But man, tackling twins sometimes is tough …. omg, when they learn to drive a car!!!! Hold me!!!!

  5. Kimberly Grabinski says

    What a fun milestone! My daughter learned last year and she has been riding everywhere! She caught on very, very quickly even though her bike was a bit too big for her. Congrats to them on their achievement!

  6. Angela S says

    Look at them go! I’m so glad you pulled out that second scooter from Barbie. I can’t imagine one went over well with two girls. LOL Love this post!

    • says

      I know, it really saved the day. Buying one … what was I thinking?!?! On the other hand, the Barbie one is much better, so it all ended up for the better.


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