As a Jersey girl, it was very hard to see Hurricane Sandy rip through and nearly wipe out the entirety that is the Jersey shore. While it has certainly been a heartbreaking experience, I think it may have been hardest on the kids. Toddlers do not understand nor comprehend the severity of natural disasters but simply recognize their inability to play. Rain means you cannot go outside. No electricity means that we get to use flashlights but our pet fish die. Their innocence leaves them unaware of the world aside from what is outside of our windows. Sometimes that may be a good thing.
Building blocks, playing toys, riding bikes; these are all a child’s way of having fun. Unfortunately, you cannot build blocks in the dark, most toys these days require batteries (which we needed to borrow for flashlights), and bicycle rides are darn near impossible when your street has become the ocean.
Luckily, just before the storm hit I, in partnership with Eighty MPH Mom, was granted the opportunity to review the Joovy Bicycoo BMX Balance Bike. And here is a little secret, it works just as perfectly indoors as it does outside! The idea of balance bikes has taken off recently and I am proud to say that I am completely on board as a fan and, now, a Joovy Mom (though I have always thought of myself as quite “joovy”)!
The Bicycoo BMX is, by far, the best balance bike on the market. Traditionally, children learn to ride tricycles before moving onto a bicycle featuring training wheels. It is not until they master four wheels that we even begin teaching them about balance. We all learned how to stand before walking and began to walk before running. Perhaps we have been so set in our ways that we never stopped to realize that we were teaching and learning about bicycling the wrong way all along. Balance should come first, not last. Joovy allows us to start over and fresh, free from any preconceived notions.
Our little one was getting quite frustrated with his decision to have Daddy remove his training wheels. After one too many bumps and bruises he nearly gave up all hope. After only a week or so of riding his new Joovy BMX Balance Bike (indoors and in the dark) he has nearly gotten the hang of his big kid bicycle! I, truly, cannot say enough about this bike and am absolutely thrilled that we finally found the answer to our bicycle troubles. You definitely need to check out my full review on Eighty MPH Mom. There is even a nice, Joovy surprise in store for you just in time for Black Friday (*wink wink*)!
Thankfully, the skies have rejoiced, the sun has come out, and the water has receded just in time. Although many of our towns are still in ruins, we can now better enjoy our family bike rides. And family, after all, is the most important thing. A bike ride may seem trivial to some but, in times like this, having one’s family and friends make it through a natural disaster physically unscathed is a blessing that I will forever be grateful for. A simple bicycle ride and time spent together is something that no one can ever take for granted, especially now.
“Scars are not injuries. Scars are healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.”
Whether that “scar” is from falling off of a bicycle as a child or from a town being severely impacted by a natural disaster – we do and we will heal, together. Some people see scars and remember a wounding but, instead, we should find proof of the healing. With help from Joovy and their Bicycoo BMX, we have done that. We took the road less traveled that had once become the ocean only to find that, both, our son and our town have begun to heal. He is no longer afraid to ride a bicycle and the town has stood strong. We are Jersey strong. We are Joovy.
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