Yesterday our 5 year old had a close call with a car and his bike.
For years we have allowed our children to bike in our culdesac. It has never been a problem. We have rules and safety routines they must follow.
Yesterday, was no different. The kids were biking as usual. Generally following the rules. However, the neighbor girl, appaarently told my 5 year old he couldn’t ride his bike down the steep driveway.
My son, of course, won’t turn down a dare. He can do anything. Just tell him he can’t!
So, he went to the top of the driveway. The neighbor and his sister started yelling at him to “stop”. They saw the neighbor pulling slowly out of their driveway. My son couldn’t see this for the huge bush dividing the 2 homes. He thought they were saying it was to dangerous for him. They were actually saying a car was coming and stop for safety.
Funny how a single word can have different meanings to different listeners.
My son came flying down the driveway, the car went slowly by. My son rode right into the rear panel and bumper. He went flying. Scraped his side and back. Scared himself senseless, and freaked out the poor driver.
If our daughter hadn’t seen it and come running in, we wouldn’t have even known it had happened.
After 2 hours, we happened to see his side. He hadn’t complained at all of any injuries. And he was upset and totally unwilling to have a “safety” conversation. His back had obviously been hurting, because he begged us not to touch it. That boy is beyond stubborn!
He is fine. I’m not convinced he wouldn’t repeat the entire scenario again, if he was told he “couldn’t do it”
This boy is all boy! When he’s a teenager we will be in great trouble!