How to help your child get their confidence back when they fall off their bike

How to help your child get their confidence back when they fall off their bike

Falling is part of learning to ride a bike, but you need to know how to help your child get their confidence back when they fall off their bike. When a child comes off their bike there are a few things you can do to help get them back on.

Assess the fall

The first priority for a parent is to check your child isn’t hurt. Was it a small fall or something more serious? Obviously if your child has injured themselves we aren’t suggesting you make them get back on the bike straight away.

But the longer you leave it before they try again, the harder it will be for them to have the confidence to go it alone.

Of course it is important to ensure your child is protected in the event of a fall before they get on their bike.

Keep positive

The best thing you can do for your child after a fall is keep calm and positive. We know that it’s a parent’s job to worry but in this kind of situation the way you react can affect how your child feels about the fall.

If you keep positive and encourage them to get up and try again this can help them get their confidence back. The main thing to remember is to encourage and not pressure, if your child really isn’t ready don’t rush them.

Back to basics

If you child is worried about getting back on their bike then go back to basics. This is a great way to help your child get their confidence back when they’ve had a fall. Going back to guiding them every step of the way or even holding the back of their bike until they feel confident enough to do it themselves.

Lead by example

Let your child see you on your bike (if you have one), when they see  you cycling this may put them a little at ease. Ask your child if they want to come out on a bike ride with you even if it’s just to the end of the road.

This will encourage them as children tend to copy their parents and this could be the nudge they need to try again. Remember to always wear your helmet, as that is an example you definitely want to set.

Learning to ride a bike is one of life’s great milestones so don’t let your child give up when they take a tumble and they will thank you in the long run.

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