The kids and I managed to get ready for school with time to spare today (woo hoo, yay me!!) so we (ok, I) decided Jaxon would ride his bike and I would run with Carter in the stroller…this was my first mistake. Anyway, we head out the door, Jaxon’s tires were flat…ok, no big deal, put some air in them. Well, Carter decided he wanted to ride on my bike (in the kiddie seat) so I get him all set up on my bike…my tires were flat…by now we barely have time to bike/jog to school but I decide that if we hurry we can make it…that was my second mistake. I put Carter back in the stroller and we head out.
About two minutes later I was already telling Jaxon to hurry, he still has training wheels on his bike so going “faster” doesn’t mean a whole lot. I would have to say that I told him to “hurry up” at least 15 times before we even made it to the
half-way point. I kept thinking to myself, “why did I suggest this, I knew it was a mistake to ride bikes to school, we are never going to get there”. I kept getting more and more frustrated with Jaxon as he took his time riding and enjoying the scenery as we slowly passed it. The faster I jogged, the faster he rode…so I kept jogging faster, just hoping we would get to the school before the tardy bell rung, all the while, hollering at him to “hurry up”!
Well, as you can imagine, we finally made it to the school, the first bell had already rung and he stepped into the class with about 39 seconds to spare from being tardy. Today made me realize that we really need to teach Jaxon to ride without the training wheels so our trips to the school can go more smoothly. He was exhausted by the time we got to school and so was I.
I am hoping and praying that he doesn’t have a bad day today after starting off with such a stressful morning! Anyway, lesson learned…if you know you
are setting yourself up for a frustrating situation, you might as well give it
up and go with your gut instinct!