When learning how to ride a bicycle, all the German kids start off using balance bikes rather than training wheels. They call it a Laufrad – walking bicycle.
Theo’s godmother, Selina, bought him one for his 2nd birthday, with a matching red helmet to go with it. He was too short for it for a while, but back in December, we tried it out and he was finally tall enough.
Things were slow-going at first. But now he has figured out how to go quite fast on it and sometimes I have to jog to keep up. Luckily, he has gotten better at following directions in the last half year, so I think he’s developmentally more able to handle a Laufrad now, too.
I got him a horn to go with it, but he can’t quite manage to honk it by himself. I think I will trade it out for a bell to ring instead. Maybe a good little present to stick in his Easter basket this year.
And I think he loves the freedom that comes with it. This ad in the train station was appropriate: Loslassen! Freiheit genießen!
Let go! Enjoy the freedom!