Reality just caught up on us and we just realized that the Little Boy is no longer a baby who needs stabilizers or balancing wheels on his bike. Yesterday we removed those extra wheels, trooped to the apartment grounds and started rolling.
I never realized that there is science in learning how to bike. I pride myself in learning on my own at age twelve sans science, just sheer determination… Okay, and a tweener’s desire to belong haha!!! Of course my husband, who up to now questions my ability to ride a bike, would be the one to do the teaching and I would be the cheerleader/water girl/photographer/videographer.
I initially thought that Dear Hubby’s “scientific method” was peculiar but was later on proven effective because Little Boy learned to confidently ride a balancer-free bike in 30 minutes! Let me share with you these tips:
1. TAKE AWAY THE PEDALS. Your child will maneuver the bike like how he does with a scooter. It helps build a greater feeling of control and means he worries less about wobbling. It also gives him leverage to push off and gain his own momentum. Encourage him to keep his feet off the ground for as long as possible.
2. LEARN TO STOP BEFORE YOU START. This should be on number 1 because this is a very important safety reminder that we failed to teach our son, so this is sort of a hindsight lesson. Maybe start by letting your child stand beside the bike with his hands on the bars, walk along and practice pulling on the brakes. It’s an important foundation that helps the child feel that he is in control. I think any driver especially a child needs to get into the habit of using the brakes and it’s important to really get into his head. “He has just started learning” may not always be a good excuse when you run over another playmate.
3. HAVE FUN. Learning to bike could be taxing and frustrating to a child (maybe even to adults) but try to have fun along the way. Nobody gets it right the first time.
Allow me to share with you an amateur video that I made documenting my boys’ short journey to this milestone. Dear Hubby’s steadfast teaching, Little Boy’s perseverance to stand up fall after fall, and the ability to have fun made this learning experience a success.
Happy Monday everyone and may you all have a great productive week ahead!!!