Teaching kids to ride a bike is a milestone in a child’s life. At times it can feel like a lifetime to get there. Not all kids learn right away. It can take time and a lot of patience. If you’re having some trouble, check out these techniques to help teach your child to ride a bike.
How to Teach Your Kid to Ride a Bike: Remove the Training Wheels
Remove the training wheels? Isn’t that what they’re there for, to help train your child to ride a bike? Well, not really. Many experts will tell you that training wheels will do nothing to help your child learn to balance on the bike. In the end, that is one of the fundamentals of riding a bike. Training wheels will only help kids get used to the seat and pedaling.
How to Teach Your Kid to Ride a Bike: Remove the Pedals & Lower the Seat
As mentioned above, part of learning to ride a bike is learning to balance. If you remove the pedals and lower the seat you can teach your child to sit up with legs straight and their feet flat on the ground. The point is to help them feel more comfortable when they are learning to balance. If you don’t want to go through the trouble, you may want to consider investing in a balance bike.
A balance bike is essentially a bike that is low to the ground with no pedals so kids can learn to balance before they learn to ride.
How to Teach Your Kid To Ride a Bike: Hold the Bike & Help Them Steer
Once your child gets the hang of balancing you can move on to holding the back of the bike. For many kids fear is a big factor. Knowing that mom or dad is there to help can be a big confidence booster. So, hold the back of the bike and help them steer while they pedal. Don’t let go just yet! When you and they feel like they have the hang of it, let go! Don’t go far, you may need to reach a hand out and grab the bike again. An important reminder for both parent and child: Falling off the bike is part of learning to ride a bike. It’s inevitable. That’s why you need to make sure your child has all the right safety gear.
Also remember to properly inflate the bike tires. The bike will move more smoothly. Your child will also have an easier time getting around.
When it comes to learning to ride a bike don’t forget to encourage your child. Try not to get frustrated if he or she doesn’t get it right away. They will. Remember, once they learn how to ride a bike, they’ll never forget!