Bikes & Kids

Ride a bike they said.  It’s easy they said.

That is what my preteen keeps saying to herself.  She’s a little late, but we got her a different bike this year.  She has been procrastinating riding it.  I made her get on it today.  She’s not happy.

I started out helping her.  I was holding one of the handle bars and the back of the bike seat.  I wasn’t helping.  I told her to practice gliding with her legs out to the sides.  She did that for a while and got to learn how to balance some.  I tried holding onto her again, and when I let go she rode fore about 2-3 seconds.  I told her to try to start off on her own now.  She was not happy.

She is still not riding on her own.  I told her she was going to try again tomorrow.  I can’t help but wonder if there is some other way I can help her get on and go.    I guess to be continued.  Wish us luck!

What’s a Good age to Leave Kids Home Alone?

Every parent has this dilemma with their school aged children.  Many states laws have a very thin line on when children can be left home alone.  A lot of states do not state a specific age, but state it depends on the maturity of the child.

There have been many news stories about this topic.  I remember one from a few years back.  Parents left their responsible teenager home while they went out to the store, and while they were out the house caught on fire.  Their teen made it out safely, but they were arrested for leaving their responsible teenager home alone.

My 14 year old is very mature for her age.  She is also very responsible.  She has always been.for a long time.  We have been allowing her to remain home since she was 10.  We have also allowed her to babysit her siblings.  We set it up where a good, neighbor whom we were very close with would know when my husband and I were leaving.  My daughter had this neighbors phone number, just in case.  My daughter would also babysit for that neighbors children while myself or my husband was at home, just in case.  My preteen was another story.  She is 11 now.  At the beginning of the last school year I would take her to her friends house in the morning before I went to work, so she could get on the school bus at their house.  My 5 year old I would take to day care, which is really expensive.  When we moved to the house we are currently living in, the kids had to change schools, unfortunately.  We found a new day care that was much cheaper than the last that I would take the 5 year old to before work..  However, my husbands job had decreased hours, so we were tight on funds.  My 14 year old would leave for school at 7:20 and my 11 year old didn’t have to leave until 7:50.  I was a complete nervous wreck!  We made her a house key, and told her that before she leave she needs to text me, and she needs to text me when she gets on the bus before turning her phone off for the school day.  She proved to be very responsible.  She and the 5 year old argue a lot, so we never allow her to babysit the youngest.

What brings me onto this topic today is a news story I saw on my Facebook from ABC News.  I don’t feel like they gave enough information for my to form an opinion on this specific case.  What are your thoughts on this topic?  Do you leave your kids, preteens, or teens home alone?  What age did  you start to leave them home or what do you think is a good age to start?  I would love to hear from you! Mom Faces Felony Charge for Letting Girl Play in Park

Favorite Saying

You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.

 

I love that saying!  I say it at least once a day to my girls.  Most of the time I don’t even have to finish it.  All I have to say is “You get what you get…” and the girls interrupt me with “…and you don’t get upset.”

I first heard that saying back when my preteen was in preschool.  From the moment I hear it, that saying has been my absolute favorite.

My 5 year old is such a picky eater.  She asks me, “What’s for dinner, mom.”  I reply with, “You get what you get…” She finishes the saying and walks away.

There are times that I would love to say that line to adults as well.  It probably wouldn’t go over to big.

I would love for you to share your favorite sayings with me!  You can leave them in the comments below, or on Twitter .