How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike? More bluntly, can you ride a bike? I have a handful of friends who can’t. One of them is more than 45-years-old and she was laughing and also feeling unaccomplished when she told me of this little secret. Another is a friend who is based in Japan…but she learned, in a matter of 8 days and now she goes to work on her bike.
I was 10-years-old when I learned to ride a bike. I had a bruise on my knee…something we kids believed is needed in order to learn…that it’s part of learning.
Learning and Balancing
Imagine my fear when my kids started learning how to ride a bike…my heart would skip whenever I see them almost falling off or when getting our of balanced…but guess what they never had a single bruise. They would get off the bike and let the bike run by itself to who knows where. 🙂 They would land safely on two feet and I think they’re really alert when it comes to getting crashed or falling off (so don’t ever forget to make them wear helmets). 😉
As for the little boy, he still hasn’t learned how to ride a bike. He’s 5 now but I haven’t seriously been with him outside to let him learn. Maybe this summer…we’d be having more time out for him to learn. Those times that his older siblings were learning how to bike…he was happy with his electronic car…
We also bought a bicycle trailer for him so he can come along with us even if it’s just as a “passenger.”
Bike Fun Benefits
Bicycling has a lots of benefits individually, for one’s health and mental state. It’s working out a lot of the body’s muscles and is a good exercise for the heart. You also get to breathe fresh air as you go, and take in the beautiful views along the way.
Bonding with Kids
Going to the park with the kids on bikes is a good way to bond. You can go to a river near you and enjoy the view as you go and then have a picnic as well, or play a rubik’s cube during your break, for when it gets tiring.
Sometimes, it’s not really the destination but the memory and the moments you spend with your kids that they will remember from their childhood.
Before you head out, make sure that you have packed some water and snacks, some towels and a change of clothes. Also see to it that each have a helmet, gloves when need be to ensure a safe and smooth ride.
Enjoy your bike fun days!