My 8 year old is basically refusing to learn how to ride a bike. I think it's a bit ridiculous that she's 8 and can't ride without training wheels, but she's just never wanted to. When she was younger she just didn't care, but now she's becoming increasingly self-conscious about it, while simultaneously being more stubborn about it. She's incredibly smart and academically advanced, but she's never been very athletically-inclined, and doesn't like tackling things she's not good at. That's becoming a major problem in ALL aspects of her life.
She's terrified of falling and hurting herself. Hubby and I tried to talk to her rationally about this last weekend, but she's very emotionally sensitive and just broke down. It took us over an hour to calm her down. She's afraid she'll get hurt, she's afraid kids will make fun of her if she has bruises or cuts, she doesn't understand why she NEEDS to ride a bike, etc etc.
I'm really worried about her. I know she'll regret not learning when she's older and it's just going to be more of a source of embarrassment. She also doesn't want to go on her daycare field trip to the roller rink over spring break because she's "not good at it". I've tried to explain that life is all about doing things you've never done before and taking risks, and that the only way to get better at something is to put yourself out there and DO it. She won't listen. She's very stubborn and won't listen to reason alot of the time. I don't know what to do! She NEEDS to learn how to ride a bike right? Everyone should know how to ride a bike! Any advice???