this could have ended badly
James was scared. Braden promised to go slow and then started telling him it wouldn't be a fun day unless he did it. (he's really a nice kid, but still a kid, you know?) I stepped in and (quietly) told James that I thought he would be really safe, that Braden would go slow, but that he should never do anything that he doesn't want to do, no matter what his friends might say. (oh my, was I really just saying those words to my child? How can we be at this point already?) He thought about it a minute and told Braden, "No thank you." Braden was disappointed but kind and we detached the sled from the bike. I was really proud of him as I went inside to put Ruby down for her nap.
A little while later I heard laughter and rolling wheels outside my bedroom window. I looked out and saw Braden running, pulling James on the sled behind him, both of them laughing.
I was proud of him then, too.