STEP 9: Riding a Two-Wheeler!
This is it!
Many young kids don’t have the leg and core muscle strength to start pedaling from a standstill. So have your child walk, bunny hop, or glide the bike for a step or two just to get momentum.
Once the bike is moving, encourage your child to pedal. It may take a few starts and stops for her to get the hang of it, but pretty soon you’ll be watching with amazement and pride as your child begins to ride a two-wheeler bike on her own.
Congratulations! Your child has learned to ride a bike—and with far fewer crashes, tears, and frustration than with the old “push and release” method.
Better still, the two of you have created a memory together that will last a lifetime.
Now get out there & have some fun!
Dr. Steve Silvestro is a pediatrician, dad, and host of The Child Repair Guide Podcast. Dr. Steve helps parents navigate the challenges of parenting by bringing the wisdom of the world’s best experts on child health, behavior, and wellness directly to them. Listen to The Child Repair Guide Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, or learn more at www.drstevesilvestro.com.
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