Learning to ride a bike. It’s a skill all children must learn, right? Just like learning to tie a shoe or button a coat, there comes a time in every child’s life when the training wheels are unscrewed and a few scraped knees are almost guaranteed. But what if a child has no interest in learning to ride a bike?
My 7-year-old got a Disney Princess bike when she was 4 years old. She was so excited to see her sparkly pink bike when she charged out to the tree on Christmas morning. After opening the rest of her presents, she was quick to head outside, put on her helmet and ride her bike down the sidewalk. But after the initial glee wore off, she rarely rode her bike. Despite my encouragement, she simply had no real interest.
A couple months ago, my husband and I decided it was time Aubrey learned to ride without training wheels. We hoped she would enjoy bike riding more without two small wheels slowing her down. She reluctantly agreed to give it a try, as long as Daddy had at least one hand on her at all times.
Surprisingly, my hesitant little girl actually had pretty good balance. She was able to keep her bike fairly straight and avoid a fall. But her ride didn’t last long. She was fearful of falling, frustrated that she couldn’t simply hop on and take off, and she was ready to park her bike within minutes.
Last week, while we were playing outside, I decided to try to get my daughter back on her bike. A post-ride Popsicle was promised, and we were off. Throughout the entire ride up and down the street, she had tears in her eyes. We were parking the bike again, within minutes, and my daughter told me she “never wanted to touch her bike again.”
I was sad to see my daughter so discouraged, and I started asking myself, “Does every child really need to learn how to ride a bike?”
Do you have a child that has no interest in bike riding? Do you think every child should, at some point, learn how to ride a bike?Tags bike, riding | Category Uncategorized