Monday, October 1, 2012

Positive Peer Pressure

A few weeks ago, one of the little boys in our neighborhood decided he was going to learn to ride his bike without training wheels.    All hours of the day, he could be seen from our front window riding his bike.  His mom or dad holding onto his bike seat as he wobbled back and forth, determined to learn.

Once he had mastered the skill, he bragged to my girls that he could do it.  And, next thing you know, my middle daughter, Avery, who is 4, had decided that she too, would learn to ride her bike without training wheels.  And she did. 

Today, in total, I saw six kids out and about riding their bikes.  The two littlest are not quite ready to shed their training wheels, but 3 of the other kids were inspired to learn to ride without theirs from one little neighborhood boy.

I am inspired thinking about it, because positive peer pressure can be quite a force for good.  Just the sight of all those kids outside, suited up in helmets and pedaling down the sidewalk makes me wonder what other things we could inspire and encourage one another to do, here in our humble little neighborhood.

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