I was so excited to be invited to take the "Do Something Hard" Challenge at Frugal Fun For Boys! This challenge was to encourage children to try something difficult for the week and see how much they improve through a little hard work and dedication. I knew right away what I wanted my six year old to work on...riding his bike!
I enjoy walks with my kids, especially when everyone has woken up early. These walks would be very relaxing and peaceful if it wasn't for the complaining and whining about how difficult it is to ride a bike. Enter the "Do Something Hard" challenge...
Ride Bike Around the Block
Once a Day For 6 Days
Earn $1.00 for each day the task is completed.
My little guy was eager to start. He rode his bike the whole time without complaining once. He rode a little bit ahead of us, testing his independence. We even had him sign a contract so he could keep track of all of the days he stuck with the bike ride!
We went for an early bike ride in soccer clothes! He is already gaining confidence.
The boys took a bike ride in very hot and humid weather. Although, I have never been to a rainforest, I would guess that it feels similar to the weather we had after the storm! I'm glad I got to stay home for this one. We didn't get a picture of the ride, but here they are playing outside in the HOT rain!
The last day! My son took an early bike ride while we walked along with him. No more complaining, so our walks are MUCH more relaxing!
After our walk this morning, I asked him what he learned from riding his bike every day. He said "It is fun and easier." I am so glad that he learned something from our challenge! I even learned something!
My challenge was to
Exercise for 30 minutes
Once a Day for 6 Days
I ran for 4 days and did yoga for two days. It was a REAL challenge for me to fit in 30 minutes of exercise for myself. It used to be so easy, but it was a good reminder that I need to schedule in the time to workout and I also need the support of family and friends to make sure that I get it done. Lesson learned! I hope that I stick with my workouts and my son sticks with his bike riding. Maybe the training wheels will come off soon!
This weekend we are celebrating the completion of our challenges with a family bike ride to get some ice cream. My son is very excited and this will be his longest bike ride this summer! I will have to add a picture when we are done celebrating.
Now on to the book that we read to celebrate the end of the "Do Something Hard" Challenge.
I Knew You Could is a great book to celebrate any kind of achievement! My son received this book from his teacher on the last day of kindergarten. The Little Engine That Could is one of our favorites and this book features the same little blue engine so we knew we would love it. The book describes all of the different choices you will make and lessons you will learn as you travel along the tracks of life. I love the last few sentences of the book, "Just trust in yourself, and you'll climb every hill. Say, 'I think I can!' and you know what? You will!"
Check out the other "Do Something Hard" Challenges from other bloggers here. Thank you Frugal Fun for Boys for giving us something to work at this week!
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