Bikes, like any other thing in the nowadays is going through a phase of improvement, of transformation, that’s why today we have the balance bike, a training bike for younger children that, as the name suggests, is made to improve the balance and steering capabilities of the child, it’s more productive for the kids to learn this than teaching them how to use the pedals, because let’s face it, they’re going to push themselves around using their feet any ways, so this will be more useful for them in a future, by the way, besides having no pedals it doesn’t have brakes either.
To teach your child how to ride the balance bike, there are several things you should do, first, you’ve got to have the right equipment and fit for your kid to be comfortable, as it is a good size bike, having both saddle (seat) and handlebar on the same height range. For example, if the saddle is at the lowest height, so has to be the handlebar, (the correct position will allow your kid to set their feet on the ground having their knees slightly bend when they sit); that and a helmet will do it for this simple kind of bike, and don’t forget about adjusting the bike, children often grow faster than you think.
After this we just have to let them ride, obviously in a safe place, so they can get comfortable. Support your kid, and let him go by himself, let him have fun, because that’s how he will eventually feel like doing it again. If your child doesn’t want to do something, well, there’s an easy trick, let him see others kids playing and enjoying with that kind of bikes, it is known that kids like to participate, so when they see others having a blast, they will want to be part of it as well. But if this doesn’t work, don’t insist too much, if they get too scared they will just go rebel on that, it won’t work.
Supporting your kids doesn’t mean avoiding them from falling, the idea of the balance bike is precisely to improve their balance capabilities, trying to hold the bike when they’re moving doesn’t help your children too much, you’ll help them if they fall, something they will definitely do, due to their great and regular excitement for most of new things. For younger children will be harder to learn for obvious reasons, you’ll have to be there with them, and a nice way to boost their confidence is holding them instead of the bike while they’re riding, in the other hand, most 3-year-old (or older) kids will have plenty of initiative to start riding on their own.
The most important part of this process, is to bond, this is something neither your child or you will ever forget, so it would be nice for both that the memories about their first time riding a bike will take you to some fun and lovable place where you’re sharing with one of the most important persons on both of your lives.