I was out with my kiddos the other day, when it wasn’t raining, trying again to teach them how to ride a bike.
This has been one of the hardest things that I have ever attempted to do in my life. This, I suppose, means one of two things: I’ve lived a sheltered life or I haven’t attempted very many difficult things. If I had to guess, I would say it’s the latter.
Back to the bike riding, it’s been frustrating to say the least. Both of my girls have their mother’s sense of balance, but neither have her drive to conquer difficult things. Unfortunately, they are both very intelligent, but when faced with something they find difficult, they tend to dismiss it as unimportant or not worth their time.
The part where I struggle to teach them is that I never had training wheels. When my brother and I first got on a bike, we basically rode without problems. It didn’t take us hours, days, or weeks to be taught how to ride.
How do you teach balance?
Training wheels are a dangerous crutch, in my opinion, and I feel that it hinders the rider. I think they need a flat surface and an ability to fall and hurt themselves. Until you take that first spill to the ground and think, ‘Wow that really hurt, I don’t want to do that again,’ I think you are going to be stunted in your pursuit of learning to ride a bike.
If anyone has any full-proof techniques to teach kids how to ride a bike, I am all ears. My 12-year-old is finally learning, but it has been an uphill battle. I don’t want the same for my 6 nearly 7-year-old. It’s frustrating because both of them have been taking dance classes for several years now, so I think their balance should be better.
Again, I welcome any and all suggestions. I never had to struggle with this task, so if anyone did and overcame it, tell me what worked for you.