You’ll often come across the expression “as easy as riding a bike” but how do you actually manage to master that ability? If you had a rough start in life and didn’t rely on your parents or older siblings to teach you how to ride a bike, this can have a negative impact on your social skills and might even prevent you from adopting a healthy and active lifestyle later on.
And, since part of being a good parent means avoiding the mistakes your own parents made, we suggest you bond with your children from an early age and start spending as much time as possible with them by engaging in all sorts of fun activities and sports.
One of these activities should definitely involve riding a bike and, if you’re not sure how to teach your kid to do that, here are some useful tips to consider.
Find the perfect age for your child
Not all kids develop at the same pace, and, while some will show full signs of dexterity, balance, and leg strength at the age of four, others will require a couple more years before they can switch from a three-wheeler to a regular bike.
Thus, it’s important to observe your child closely and see if he or she is able to understand the basic instructions required for riding a bike. If you put too much pressure on a young child, this can lead to frustration that will further delay the learning process.
Think about the size of the bike
Another thing you should focus on is finding the right size and fit for your kid’s bike. 14-inch and 16-inch wheels are the perfect choices for beginners. The easiest way to determine the right size of the bike is to have your kid sitting on it. If his or her feet are touching the ground with straight legs while sitting, you’ll know you found the perfect size.
Don’t look for a taller bike thinking your kid will grow up to finally be able to use it in a year or two. The wrong size of the bike can cause back problems and foot aches.
Consider protective equipment
After you found the right vehicle for your child’s needs, it is time you invested in some protective gear as well. Helmets, knee pads, as well as elbow pads are mandatory safety accessories that will absorb shocks in case of accidents and will keep your child away from bruises, cuts, and concussions.
However, wearing the right protective gear will not always suffice to build up your kids’ courage to ride a bike on their own. Therefore, you should be there encouraging and by reassuring them you’ll always have their back and that there is nothing that they should be afraid of.