So, tonight, the three of us (me, hubby and tweenager) were walking around INSIDE our house with our bike helmets on.
If you had knocked on our door tonight, you would have thought that we all had a dose of the spins and we were protecting our noggin’s. But that wasn’t the case.
You see, a couple of months ago, we bought an AMAZING double bike trailer (don’t get any ideas, it’s only a double so we could carry more stuff – not another kidlet) that we had great hopes of the wee babe going in.
We envisioned us hitting the open road on our bikes, wind in our hair, tents, food and necessities on our backs/bikes/trailer and going where the wind may take us. We weren’t wearing our helmets to get into the mood but rather, to try to convince the wee babe, that wearing a helmet is a really cool thing to do.
It almost worked. I even told the tweenager that if she can get the wee babe to wear her helmet for 10mins without trying to rip it off her head, she would get a little something extra in her stocking this year.
The wee babe HATES the helmet. You just look at the top of her head with it in your hands, and she instantly bursts into tears. At one point, after a ton of manipulation, prodding, and making a really big deal about how great it was that each of us were wearing her helmet, she grabbed it and tried to put it on her head. She then realized what was on her head, and immediately tore it off.
We have big plans this year to do some biking and hitting the open trail! This baby better not screw it up for me! Ok, but in all honesty, my first wasn’t anything like this – I didn’t even know it was going to be an issue when we bought the helmet as the tweenager took to the helmet like a bell on a handlebar.
So now, I’m stuck. I don’t want to scar the poor thing for life – No! Not the pink and purple helmet! I’m having nightmares about it! – but at the same time, it’s really not an option not to wear it. She LOVES going in the trailer but she’s still too young to know that if she doesn’t wear her helmet, she won’t get to go in the trailer. 15 months is still too young for consequences right?
So what do you or did you do to try and get your kidlets to wear a helmet if that was the last thing they wanted on their precious curls? I’m open to ALL suggestions…