How to Be an Encouraging Teacher During Your Kid’s Bike Training
Are you getting the results you’ve imagined, or are you getting frustrated with the slow pace of learning? This article will teach you how to be an encouragement and not a professional angry teacher to your child.
Are You Teaching Your Child How to Ride a Bike?
Let’s face it, teaching a child to ride a bike is not as easy as teaching him the ABCs. It would take a lot of work.
Do you still remember how long it took you to learn how to bike when you were young?
If it only took you days to master the skill, then good for you! But you should not unreasonably expect your child to do the same.
Don’t even think of comparing your younger self to your child right now. Yes, you may have been a fast learner back in the day but it doesn’t mean you passed that ‘trait ’to your child.
Plus, the more that you tell him how quickly you learned to bike, the more likely he’ll hate learning. This would only put unnecessary pressure on your son and discourage him from practicing.
How to be an Encouragement and Not a Professional Angry Teacher
So how do you encourage your child to learn to ride a bike, and not be a nuisance to him? Here are some tips you should remember:
Give Him Enough Time to Learn
Children learn biking at different paces. While you may have been able to learn biking at a quick pace, this doesn’t mean that your child will also be able to do the same now.
Most biking experts say that the median time for children in learning to ride a bike is 3 to 4 weeks. Hence, you should not expect your child to learn how to mount, pedal, and brake in 2-3 days… even if you did that back in the day!
Give him enough time to overcome his fear of wheels and handlebars. Once he’s comfortable mounting the bike, give him weeks to learn how to maintain his balance. This is arguably the toughest part of biking, something that could take him a lot of time to master.
Give Positive Feedback, All the Time
Kids are more likely to learn when you give them positive feedback. Thus you should focus more on what he is doing right instead of what he’s doing wrong.
Keep in mind that you’re not helping your child at all if you keep on nagging him for his mistakes. You must also avoid yelling at him even if he continues to do the same things wrongly.
Instead of focusing on his mistakes, try to support your child’s confidence by giving him positive feedback. Tell him what he has been doing well.
For instance, tell him that he did an awesome job mounting on the bike. Lines like “last week, you were not able to do that but look, this week you can” or “you now know how to slow down!” are music to his ears.
This doesn’t mean you should not tell your child his mistakes. Not at all— you should remind him what he’s doing wrongly, like failing to look ahead or forgetting to place his fingers on the brake levers.
But when reminding him of those mistakes, make sure you use a calm and soothing voice. Getting angry at him won’t help at all.
Have Lots of Patience
Your kid will make a lot of mistakes—that’s for sure. Expect him to commit the same mistakes over and over again.
But this should not give you reason to shout at him or nag him. Remember that kids learn faster when they are having fun. And shouting at them certainly isn’t fun by any definition.
For example, children have this tendency of looking at the person teaching them or even the people around them. Others like to look at the ground. These common mistakes often lead to crashes.
If your child often commits these errors, just tell him his mistakes repeatedly. Remember that repetition is the key to any learning, particularly in children. Thus you should constantly remind him of his mistakes without sounding too hard on him.
Bring Along a Team of Cheerleaders
Your child’s confidence may get a boost if you bring along a team of cheerleaders to encourage him. Aside from his siblings, you might want to bring his cousins and friends in your next bike riding training session. These people could cheer him on as he tries to perfect balancing on a bike, or turn corners without tumbling.
Of course, you need to ask your child first if he’s comfortable with other people seeing him train. Your child may be embarrassed at the thought of his friends seeing him training. Thus it is not a bad idea to ask him first before bringing in a battalion of cheerleaders.
Document His Training
Finally, make good use of your smartphone—document his bike riding training by taking photos or capturing clips.
You may ask your spouse or another buddy to help you out in this regard. Or have another person trail your child, and ready to give him the assistance should he fall on the bike.
The last thing you want to be to your child who’s learning to ride a bike is the angry teacher who’s always nagging him. Instead, be a calm and patient teacher to your child so he can learn biking fast.
No one ever said that learning to ride a bike is easy pickings for a child. Just like everyone, your child would suffer from falls if and when he decides to train. And you’ll have to remind him the same lessons over and over again.
So you need to be very patient with your child. Provide him encouragement, and not be the professional, angry teacher that can impede his progression. When you do these things, you can expect positive results to come around quickly.