I remembered the time when he fell while trying to learn to ride a bike, more than a year ago. He got the smallest scrape on his knee, and still hasn't been willing to throw a leg over and try again. I want to help him overcome his fears, but I know that if I focus on the outcome, rather than his feelings, I'll lose him.
So I said, “That was really hard when you got hurt wasn't it?” And then I got quiet.
“Yeah”, he nodded.