me: Harper. You can ride your bike. I know you can. and we are crossing it of the list today.
H: NOOOOOO, I can't!!!!
me: Harps. Add one more word.
H: NOOOOOO, I can't.... yet...
me: ok - here's the strategy, we are going to practice twice a day. morning and afternoon. I will help you, each time. but, you WILL practice.
H: NoooOOOO, Mama!! I can't do it....
me: yep - but you will. and it will be much easier for you to see if you are not crying so wipe your tears and let's go.
Harper had been taught what I like to call "The Power of Yet". I teach that word to my students and my biologicals. Just adding that one little word holds so much power. You can't do it, yet... but you will. And Harper also knew that I was serious, and she knew that we would be practicing. So, she wiped her eyes and that girl rode her bike.