A friend of mine told me a great story the other day. His Nan was at the house looking after the kids for the weekend on a rural property. It was a great place for them to ride their bikes madly all over the place. The older kids, who had more ‘all terrain’ skills didn’t get off their bikes to go down the stairs – they jumped them!
My friend’s four year old son watched the older boys then announced he would do the same, much to Nan’s chagrin. Nan gave the youngest boy warnings about the potential outcomes, and told him not to imitate the older ones, then went inside. The little one had a different idea! He rode around the house and glided into the air above the stairs.
As predicted, he didn’t make the jump, went over the handle bars and landed in a painful heap at the bottom. Nan heard the crying and rushed outside worried, providing both sympathy and admonishment. “What did you learn from this young man, she asked?”
The young boy answered “I have to go faster next time”.