Teaching your kids to ride a bike is a great bonding experience that can be rewarding and memorable for both of you. You can make the process enjoyable and successful with patience, encouragement, and a few helpful tips. Follow this step-by-step guide to help your kids reach their full potential when it comes to riding a bike:


Make sure to choose the right bike and gear for your child:

Starting with a bike that is the correct size for your child is the first step to bike-riding success. Your child should be able to sit on the bike seat with their feet planted flat on the ground.
It is important to make sure that the bike your child is riding is in good operating condition, with properly inflated tires and working brakes.
A properly fitted helmet is the most important step when teaching your child to ride, and it should be worn at all times while riding. Ensure the helmet fits firmly around your child's head with no wriggle room, and that the chin strap is fastened securely.


Find an area that is safe and open:

When teaching your child to ride a bike it is recommended that you look for a spacious, flat, and traffic-free area to begin the lessons. Some ideal locations include an empty parking lot, a park, a basketball/netball court or a quiet street.
It is also recommended to avoid areas with too many obstacles or rough terrain when starting out. Your child is likely to feel more comfortable and confident if there are fewer distractions to navigate. 


Kick things off with balance and coordination exercises:

Before getting your child on the bike, help them build their balance and coordination. This can be done by getting them to walk while straddling the bike - balance bike style.
Alternatively, get your child to practice rolling along a flat surface with their feet lifted off the ground to get a feel for how the bike balances.
This is a great time to encourage them to practice steering and braking to familiarise them with the process.


Remove pedals (This step is optional):

To help your child focus on balance, you can consider removing the pedals temporarily. This will allow them to use their feet to push off and steer while building confidence.


Add the pedals back on (If you took them off to begin with that is):

Once your child has become comfortable with gliding, steering and breaking,  it's time to reattach those pedals.
Have your child practice pedaling while you hold onto the back of the bike to provide support.


Make sure your child is aware you are there to provide support:

Hold onto the back of the bike or use a push handle attached to the seat to provide support as your child pedals. 
As your child gains confidence, you can gradually reduce the support you provide. 
Gradually reduce the amount of support you provide as your child gains confidence and balance.


Provide encouragement and celebrate their achievements:

Praise your child for their efforts and progress. Encourage them to keep trying, even if they experience some bumps along the way.
Celebrate their achievements and milestones, no matter how small.


Be patient with them:

Learning to ride a bike can be challenging, and every child learns at their own pace. Be patient and avoid putting pressure on your child.


Remember, learning to ride a bike is a gradual process. Some children may learn quickly, while others may take more time. The key to success is to provide a supportive and positive learning environment, and before you know it, your child will be confidently pedaling on their own and challenging you to keep up!