Posted: Sep 3, 2012 11:39 AM
Updated: Sep 3, 2012 11:52 AM
Teaching a kid to ride a bike can be a time-consuming ordeal, but usually fulfilling and lots of fun. However, more parents are finding they do not have the time or patience to teach their children how to ride a bike. Those parents can now call someone to teach their kids the skills of bike riding.
Recently, blogger Rebecca Eckler, wrote about how she paid someone to teach her kid to ride a bike. Her article, Bike Lessons for Kids: We Paid Someone to Teach Our Kid to Ride a Bike, sparked a lot of conversation among parents.
Some parents scoffed at the blogger for hiring out what should be a parent's job. Other parents noted that people hire others to teach their children swimming, why not riding a bike? Many parents didn't realize there are services like this out there. We often hire (outsource) people to teach our children skills we, as parents, don't have.
My boys go to breakdancing class, they have an excellent teacher. I couldn't break dance if my life depended on it. We've hired people for soccer, piano, gymnastics, even a tutor. We still try to teach our children lots of things on our own. I remember watching both my boys learn to ride a bike. It was a magical moment when they looked up, smiled, and rode without training wheels for the first time.
How old were your kids when they learned to ride a bike? Did you or your child's other parent teach your kid to ride a bike? Would you hire someone to teach your kid to ride a bike?