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My mother is a total powerhouse. Driven, smart, strong, accomplished. Amazing, really. But she does not know how to ride a bicycle. Why? Because no one ever taught her. It does not sound like too much of a big deal, but when you stop to think about it riding a bike really is a cornerstone of our experience as urban, cosmopolitan people. Accomplished or not, I can guarantee you that given the chance to really know the feeling of gliding down a flower-lined road, confident under a sunny sky, on a vintage bike in southern France, my mom would snatch it right up. This is just one example of what I’ll call developmental-slipping-through-cracks, which can happen against our fast paced rhythm of living, or sometimes for no good reason at all. As moms, just the task of keeping our children healthy, happy and alive sometimes feels like the bottom line, a task that itself requires us to juggle—so it makes sense that some things inevitably do or can slip through cracks.