We’ve been getting some flak these days from our 10.958 year old about our lack of car. She’s entering those tween years: asserting her independence and trying to blend in with everyone else. And this whole bike thing sometimes cramps her style.
Not sure if you’ve noticed, but you kind of stick out when your family rides bikes instead of riding in cars.
Imagine my surprise this past weekend when the 10.958 year old suggested we head out on bikes for a mother/daughter day at the park. She could easily have chosen a walk down to University Village for some shopping: which I would have predicted had I been forced to place a bet. Instead we pedaled over to Greenlake, ate some frozen yogurt, kicked around the soccer ball and practiced our Lacrosse skills.
We both enjoyed the outing and promised to do it again soon.
Tim and I find ourselves discussing kid/bike rebellion quite a bit these days. We don’t have any answers yet other than continuing to ride and be rest assured that our kids will appreciate our bike lifestyle some day. Our goal is to end up with a couple of kids who are self-sufficient, independent, able to get places using their own power and who are proud that they are just a little bit different from the status quo.
Oh, and we also hope they don’t completely hate us.
Anyone else experiencing tween or teen bike rebellion? I seem to remember someone mentioning that their teenage daughter is going through something similar. We’d love to hear from you!