The summer holidays are nearly at an end, but way back in spring I booked us a last-gasp weekend camping to finish them off in style.
I’ve always wanted to stay at a Camping In The Forest site (it’s a division of the Forestry Commission) as I loved the idea of literally being in the forest and everything that adds up to. They sell the idea of paths and cycling trails as well as having activities run by their forest rangers.
In my rose-tinted vision we ride around the paths as a foursome, Buddy with his stabilisers on and Mimi on the “big bike” which Father Christmas brought for her. The only catch is that Mimi is steadfastly refusing to ride her sans-stabilisers bike.
She’s actually pretty capable of doing it, but the last time she wobbled along on her own she had an argument with a thorny hedge and got a scratch that was all but invisible to the naked eye. You’d have thought she’d amputated her hand at the wrist and since then she’s spent only 10 minutes on her bike, all of which were punctuated with cries of “I can’t do it!”
I’ve tried every trick in my toolbox. Positive reinforcement (I had her chanting “I can, I can” pre-hedge), running alongside her holding the saddle, and we’ve been at various locations to try to give her the space to wobble and not argue with the plants, but all to no avail.
So, for this year at least, we won’t be buzzing around the paths and trails of the forest. Got any tips for helping Mimi’s confidence? At this rate Buddy will ride a bike without stabilisers before she does!
This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own (I’m not that cheap!)