Living Arrows 17/52 (2021)

Another week back at school done – it still feels like such a relief when the boys manage another full week in school without someone’s bubble bursting, or even another lockdown being announced! I’m really hoping that this is it now and they’ll be in school full time until the summer, but you just never know do you?

Anyway, after finishing another sunny week in school the boys went back to Street Monkeys on Friday afternoon. They both had a great time but Toby’s behaviour left a lot to be desired. I don’t know if it’s just because he was tired after a week at school, or if he was showing off or what but he was just being really silly the whole time – rolling around on the floor, not listening to instructions, climbing on things when he wasn’t supposed to be…. I was so disappointed in him, especially because his behaviour is usually pretty good. We had words after the session though, and I made him apologise to the coach. He was actually really upset when he realised what he had been doing so at least he knew he’d made some bad choices. And he’s been told that he definitely won’t be going back if he ever acts like that again so fingers crossed he has learnt an important lesson and we see some better behaviour next week!

We were out again on Saturday for a Learn to Ride session with a local cycling club. We’ve tried a few times to get the boys riding without stabilisers but never got very far as they were both really nervous and just panicked. I thought going to a proper organised session might help and although neither of them completely managed to cycle on their own they both had a really good go and were much more confident by the end of the session.

Gabe sitting on his bike in the park

(Gabe had been wearing his helmet when he was riding by the way, he was just sitting on his bike so I could take a picture here)

We’re going to try and get them to keep practicing this week and then go back for another session next week and hopefully that will be enough to get them riding. They did have a quick go out on the street yesterday but after a couple of rides up and down (with me still holding on to their saddles) they both abandoned their bikes in favour of scooters.

Toby riding his scooter on the street outside our house

I really do hope they manage to get the hang of riding their bikes soon though because I think they’ll love it once they can do it!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week in the sun, and fingers crossed this gorgeous weather sticks around for a bit longer!

This is my eighth year taking part in this linky celebrating childhood, based on a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .

If you’d like to see the rest of my Living Arrows posts you can find them all here.

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5 thoughts on “Living Arrows 17/52 (2021)

  1. Our little lady has a beautiful new bike which she refuses to ride in favour of her scooter… I’m hoping that this summer we may be able to get her riding without all the tears and upset. Such super snaps!

  2. Athena and Troy still can’t ride their bikes, it’s our aim for this summer. But, I didn’t realise there were things like that you could book. Going to investigate! Thanks lovely x

  3. Harry can ride but he needs more practice to get really confident and will also gravitate to his scooter too. We have been struggling a bit with behaviour here too. Love the photos

  4. We’ve had a week of tired and challenging behaviour at times. I have put it down to tiredness of being back into routine (I hope this is the case!). I can still remember the childhood feeling of freedom once you can cycle everywhere!Hope they get the hang of it soon x

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