Oliver, 6.5, who swims the length of the pool, battles rebel warriors, can define half as “something divided into two equal parts” and thinks he can run as fast as a blur had us put his training wheel back on his bike this summer.

I totally understand.

Riding his bike had been a joyful act of freedom, and after the training wheel removal it was fraught with the fear of falling. He practiced for a day and decided it wasn’t for him. Was this quitting?

Not in my opinion.

I have 100% faith that through positive peer pressure, a boring weekend day, or some difficult to determine developmental leap Oliver will wake up one morning DETERMINED to ride on two wheels. So the reapplication of the training wheel was taking a step back, rather than giving up the biking altogether.

It is similar when you are the parent of a product.

I feel as though I am running behind the bike of the Marble Jar app while it is practicing riding without training wheels. Crash.  Pick it back up. Crash. Pick it back up.

What is that I hear in the background? The infant “Patience” app wailing?

Unlike Oliver the app won’t wake up one morning excited to ride. But it might display some sibling rivalry.

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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

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