How to teach your kid to ride a bike in five easy steps6 VIPs have spoken »
So I’ve earned another parenting badge and it’s called all three of my kids can ride a two-wheeler now. If you’re a non-breeder that may not sound very impressive, but until you teach your pug how to ride a unicycle I’m going to claim that as an accomplishment.
Now I don’t know much about pugs and unicycles but I do know about kids and bikes. And I’ve learned a few things over the years.
You need to get the buy in
You would never go to a business retreat and force someone to walk barefoot across hot coals; it’s the same thing with a kid. The kid has to want to walk over the hot coals otherwise she’s just gonna cry and yell for band-aids.
If you think it’s time for your three-year-old to ditch the training wheels but she’s not onboard, you need to drop the wrench and take three large steps back.
Forcing her to learn before she’s ready is like trying to shove toothpaste back in the tube. It’s messy and it really doesn’t work.
Stock up on Ibuprofen
It’s for you, not your kid. You’re going to be holding the bike underneath the seat and trotting along next to her. If you’re taller than 49 inches your back is going to scream in agony after 20 minutes or so. Alternating between ice and heat is also helpful.
Choose your words wisely
When your kid falls and starts to cry, don’t say, “Shake it off!” They tend to get mad when you say that.
Sometimes bribery can fast track the process
I did tell one of my kids that she could help me search for a new bike once she learned how to ride a two-wheeler around the block without stopping.
A picture of a bike with a bell and pink and white streamers hanging from the handlebars really is worth a thousand words. Who knew?
It’s a good sign when your kid violently slams the bike to the ground
This seems to be the last stage before success. It happens when she’s able to get the bike rolling and pedal roughly three to four times. She has just enough time to lift her head and start to say, “Look! I’m doing it,” before she crashes.
Steam will shoot out of her ears and she will lift the bike up and violently push it back to the ground. She may or may not scream before she stomps away.
This is cause for celebration; she’s almost there! Victory will be hers because she is now on a mission to show the bike who’s boss.