Age: Seven. Training Wheels: Zero.

Confession: we forced her to do it. And maybe it was cruel, telling her TODAY IS THE DAY instead of letting her come to it naturally. But if it’s the biggest fail I have as a parent right now, I’m willing to take it.

She was physically able to do it. She has terrific balance. She’s athletic and strong. It was completely mental.

Sophia and her bike

A 2.25 mile ride to the grocery store achievement unlocked: Go big or go home.

I’m still figuring this parent thing out, and maybe I will never truly get it. In fact, I’m sure I won’t. But some days you have to gently prod. Okay, maybe a little extra force and refuse to put the trainers back on. We pushed her from the nest, and she rode all the way to the end of the street.