Learning to ride a bike can seem like such a hard thing to do for a child. It can be pretty scary for them even with training wheels! It just seems like such a big deal and it might even seem impossible to your child at first. How to teach a child to ride a bike might even seem overwhelming to you as a parent, but it’s not as hard as you may think.
Baby girl struggled to grasp the concept of peddling at first, but she finally got the hang of it. Joia just turned 4 years old and she knows how to ride a bike with training wheels. Teaching her how to ride a bike with training wheels didn’t take long at all. She learned how to ride a bike fast! We are so proud of her. She might be riding a bike without training wheels in no time.
How to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike with Training Wheels
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Learning how to ride a bike can take as little as five minutes or it could take some time. Be patient with your child. Don’t get frustrated. Let your child take their time and feel comfortable getting used to trying this huge new thing. It’s okay if your child makes a mistake or doesn’t quite get what to do. Encourage your child and don’t let your child give up. Your child will get the hang of riding a bike eventually and you both will be proud when it happens.
Go Over How a Bike Works
Explain that the training wheels are there to help. This will make your child feel more comfortable. Let them know that the training wheels are there to keep them up and steady. Let your child know to keep their hands on the bike handles at all times and that’s what’s used to guide them. Explain that if you push the pedals backward that it will make the bike stop. If the pedals are continuously pushed forward, they will keep going.
Give a Little Push
When teaching your child how to ride a bike, they may get stuck trying to pedal. They may be pedaling backward instead of forward or their little legs may not be able to push the pedal too good yet. Give your child a little push to get them started and tell the child not to stop pedaling. This gives your child comfort in knowing that you’re right there and also helps them learn how to pedal quicker.
Start on a Small Hill
Starting on a small hill will assist the child with being able to pedal. It’s really no strain on the child’s legs to go down a hill so it makes it easier to grasp how to pedal. Once your child goes down a small hill a few times, they should feel like pedaling is a breeze.
Cheer Your Child On
Let your child know that they can learn how to ride a bike no matter how hard it might seem at first. Keep giving your child encouraging words. Cheer your child on when they aren’t pedaling so great and cheer your child on when they are! Don’t stop cheering. Make sure your child has that “I think I can” mindset and you can help with that with the constant simple cheer of “you can do it!” or “you got it!”
I hope these bike riding tips were helpful and that your child learns how to ride a bike with training wheels in no time! Good luck!