How many ways can there possibly be to learn to ride a bike? Most of us probably use the same method that our parents used with us when we were kids. And it usually involves some combination of holding onto the seat and/or handle bars while we run along side our learning child. Then, at some arbitrary point when we think they are ready, we let go. For a while we run along side, just in case we need to grab quickly. And then, magically, when we think the kid has it down we let them ride ahead until they decide it’s time to stop and they have no clue how to do so.
The only reason I wrote this particular advice document is because I accidentally stumbled on an alternative method of the “running along side” part of the process. I have three daughters and used this technique with all three. In the cases with my older two daughters, after just two times out at about 15 minutes each, they were riding on their own. In the case of my youngest daughter, I decided to skip the training wheels stage and see if the technique would enable her to learn to ride a bike at the age of three and a half. It worked, but took about five outings.
If it works for you, pass it along to others. And sorry, but I don’t have any special hints on braking, wheelies or riding without any hands. Continue reading “Teaching Your Kid to Ride a Bike – Could It Be This Simple?”