Teen Mom star Maci Bookout met her son Bentley's father while the two were involved in BMX biking. Ryan Edwards, Bentley's father, is practically a professional at the sport, so it should come as no surprise that 4-year-old Bentley is already riding and riding well.
This week a video came out showing Bentley riding (well!) along with BMX biker Terry Adams. It was pretty dang impressive. As the mother of a 4-year-old boy, I tip my hat to Maci and Ryan. That much skill for a kid that young takes a lot of time and patience. My kid can't even ride his bike without training wheels.
Of course, there will be haters. BMX and motocross are dangerous sports. See below:
The thing is, they are right. It IS a dangerous sport. And it's unsafe for a 4-year-old. Even though he has a helmet and parents who know what they are doing and everything else.
Even so, he should absolutely be allowed to do it. So many things in life are "dangerous" but we do them anyway. It's dangerous to play just about any sport. Or climb on playground equipment. Or ice skate. Or basically live.
Much as we want to, we can't really protect our kids from everything. The other day my husband announced: "Alan (our son) will never play football. It's too dangerous."
I loathe football. I would rather he tap dance or do just about anything but play football. But if he really wants football, it's wrong to stop him. Passion is passion, and if we stymie passion in our kids, it's dangerous for their self-esteem and their development as people. Unfortunately.
What mother doesn't want to keep her child in a closet stuffed with cotton? I know I do. Every day that passes, my heart breaks a little that my babies who were once so tiny have become so big. The idea of them doing anything to jeopardize themselves terrifies me every day. And yet, I know it's part of life. Part of parenthood is letting go.
In many ways, what Maci and Ryan are doing is smart. They are giving Bentley a gift. He will know all the ins and outs of the sport at a very young age. He will be smart about it, talented, and have a passion. That is the key to not making dumb mistakes and hurting himself.
It seems so much MORE dangerous to shelter our kids in the name of safety. One of the hardest parts of parenting is letting go. But we want them to be adventurous and try new things ... so we have to.
Would you let your child do BMX biking?