A clever mum has shared her ultimate hack to help kids ditch the training wheels and ride a bike. And all you need is a towel!
Caitlin shared a video on social media, showing just how easy it is to teach a child to ride a bike, using nothing more than a beach towel.
“I’m going to show you all how I taught my son to ride a bike without training wheels, with a beach towel,” Caitlin explained.
She shows how to fold the beach towel, and put it underneath the child’s arms.
“You just kinda hold him up.”
The child then starts to pedal, while you help them keep their balance by holding the beach towel up. Before long, they’re riding on their own!
“This towel trick really helped build his confidence that he was capable of doing it and just offered a little bit of extra security for him in the beginning,” Caitlin said. “He also rode a Balance Bike since he was 2 years old and had his bike with training wheels since he was 3. Which I believe helped a lot.”
The video attracted lots of different comments, some from parents who loved the idea.
“I just tried it today with my eight-year-old who has been lacking in the confidence and all it took was 30 minutes with the towel and she’s riding all on her own. Thank you for sharing this!” one mum commented.
But there were also comments from parents who weren’t so sure about the technique.
“This is why the world is getting soft.. let the boy ride the damn bike and fall, then have him get back up and keep going until he’s successful.. couple of scratches maybe even a broken arm.. so much more rewarding and beneficial for him,” one person commented.
“OMG, just give him a big push…he’ll figure it out,” said another.
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