It’s another beautiful Sunday here in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and the bike path for Rock Creek Park is just across Jones Mill Road. It’s a big day today because we are taking the training wheels off my son’s bike.

It brings back memories of that day when my dad took the training wheels off my Schwinn. He ran down the street beside me and yanked me by the back of my shirt collar whenever I almost tipped over.

For my son, however, we are going to try something new. I heard if you take off the training wheels AND THE PEDALS so that kids have to push with their feet on the ground, it is easier for them to learn to balance the bike. We’ll give it a try and I pass the tip along to other fathers out there who are taking off the training wheels.