This was posted on G's caringbridge page:
So I posted a link on Facebook today for www.curepity.org. G has frequent visits to Gillette and their site has this up. I found myself having to put it into practice today.
G has been playing with the neighbor girls a lot. They are both about his age, and they all play so well together. I heard him bawling and crying today, and I didn't know what was going on. Was he hurt? Mad? Why was he so upset? I ran outside to see what was going on, and he was furious because he wanted to ride bike. What do I do as a parent? Tell him he can't? Ugh... I felt so sad for him at that moment. I felt so sorry for him. I decided to put him on the bike and pushed him around until he got tired of it.
He was happy, and so was I! I know there are bikes he can use that are hand-propelled, and maybe I'll have to look into getting one. He was back on the ground playing, and all of a sudden he started yelling again, "Ahhhhh, I can't walk! I need to walk! I'm not too little!! Ahhhh, my legs are broken!"
Wow. He is such a verbal child. He's only three, and he expressed his frustration so well. Here's the thing, though, I have commented on how well he's doing this year getting around and didn't think he was that frustrated.
A little piece of my heart broke for my little one, but I know he'll triumph. The kid has determination and he'll figure it out. I'm not really talking about walking, but more about figuring things out and dealing with them. I know he will. I can't sit and feel sorry for him, but I can encourage and support him.