[vc_section][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Teaching your child how to ride a balance bike can be fun and challenging at the same time. The joy of spending quality time with your children can easily motivate you to take this difficult job. However, while maintaining few ground rules can ease the process. Balance bikes are usually easy to learn than pedal bicycle, the balance bike does not include any drive train or training wheel which makes it fun for the children, they simply use their feet to wander and roam. To teach your children ‘riding the bike’ use these three steps.
1. Adjusting the bike
First important step to teach your kids cycling is to configure the bike. Adjust the height of the saddle as it is a very important adjustment. Set the height of the saddle so that the feet of the child can touch the ground easily, also both of the knees should be slightly bend when seated on the saddle.
Now set the handlebar, the handlebar would be adjusted in accordance to the saddle height. If the saddle is at the highest position then set the position of handle bar to highest positions and if saddle is in its lowest position then set the handlebar in the lowest position. Saddle and handlebar position should be matching each other. Another important thing to keep in mind is as kids grow in height over the period of few months, the bike should be adjusted accordingly.
2. Make it interesting and fun
After setting the bike it is time for child to ride the cycle. It has to be noted, children when forced to do a particular activity they often find it boring and may even rebel against it, so if you want them ride bicycle then you should encourage your child and inspire him to ride it. Sometimes after an accident or injury kid may start to develop a fear of it, at these times always motivate the child, help him to give it another try, appreciate the results from time to time and also motivate the child to spend more time riding the bike and playing with it with his friends and in parks. Many parents have found that showing videos about children balancing bike has helped their child to learn faster.
3. Support the child
Parents always tend to hold the bike to improve the balance. This technique actually hinders the process of balance learning. The child should learn to balance the bike himself, if you provide a support on either of the side, the child thinks it as a safe spot to ride and bike will not tip over like this but actually it is the parent holding the bike that is providing the stability. When child is allowed to ride alone, he will find that the bike will tip over if he leans towards either of the side.
Another important thing is some children don’t like to sit on the seat. Many parents try to correct this but there is a science behind this, actually when initially riding the bike, the child always fear falling off and trusts his feet for the balance every time, as he will ride the bike for some time child will start to trust the bicycle and saddle and then later he will ride while sitting on the seat rather than walking on his feet.
Younger children need more support as they are still learning the balance, children of ages 3 and above sometimes require a longer period of time to learn, they also require constant help from the parents, it is very important for the parent to constantly support the child but it also has to be kept in mind that the child also learns and tries to balance or ride on their own. Young toddlers can easily develop a fear of falling or injury again parents have to maintain a constant motivation to encourage the child to ride the bike.
Riding a balance bike on his own can be a very achieving moment for both the parents and the child. The transition from balance bike is also very easy and swift. So slowly teach your toddler to ride the balancing bike and then child will be able to ride pedal bike on his own. However, initially it may take longer as the child is new to it but give it some time and the skill will automatically sink in the toddler.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section]