Scooting can be immense fun for all ages!
Indeed, if your child has noticed you riding on a scooter and would like one of their own, there are many fine kids’ models available.
However, it’s also vital to ensure your child can use their scooter safely and effectively. This is where the below tips are likely to be handy.
Buy them a scooter they’ll love
First, you’ll need to help your child to choose a scooter. Your little one’s age, size and dexterity may mean you direct them towards a certain type of scooter. For example, it may be easier for them to keep their balance on a three-wheel or even four-wheel scooter than a two-wheel model.
We suggest that you go for a well-made, light, stable and reliable scooter for your kid.
Otherwise, be sure to give your child a good amount of freedom to choose their own scooter. After all, the more they like the scooter you buy them, the more motivated they will probably be to use it.
Get them all of the required equipment
Nothing could be more important than ensuring your child’s safety when they are riding their scooter.
This may naturally influence what scooter you buy for them. A scooter with a brake designed for younger children, for instance, will help to ensure greater stability.
However, it’s also essential to invest in such other equipment as a helmet, knee pad and elbow pads. Don’t forget to wear such equipment yourself when using your own scooter, to set the right example to your child!
Take those tentative first steps
A ‘slowly, but surely’ approach works best for introducing your child to the actual scooting. Take them somewhere calm – such as an empty car park or quiet park square – for their first attempt. After all, you don’t want to give them any unnecessary distractions or stress.
The smoother a surface is, the better it is for scooting. So, be sure to supervise your kid somewhere flat and safe when they are trying to scoot for the first time.
Finally, don’t rush when you’re trying to get your child into scooting. You certainly shouldn’t assume that you’ll be going off on a ride together during your first ‘session’! Instead, allow your little one to learn gradually through repetition, which may be over the course of several sessions.
Help your child to keep their balance
Your young son or daughter riding a scooter is a great ‘stepping stone’ to them riding a bicycle later.
After all, a scooter doesn’t force them to learn how to balance and pedal at the same time. Even if they start to lose balance, they can just put their foot down to avoid falling over. This same motion also enables them to stop the scooter more easily than they could a bike.
Once your child has mastered riding a scooter, they’ll already have certain capabilities with regard to balance, coordination and spatial awareness. You might then introduce them to a bicycle, which is similar to a scooter, apart from the pedalling and braking.
Continue to supervise your child as necessary
What seems like ‘common sense’ to an adult often isn’t to a child. You should therefore continue keeping an eye on your child as they become more acquainted with scooter use.
Keeping them away from busy roads is an obvious step. But of course, pavements are often close to roads. You might therefore decide to make regular journeys with your child on your own scooter to ensure their safety, keep them company and set a good example.
As you do, be careful about bumpy pavements. Scooter wheels are so small that it might only take a bit of gravel or a hole to knock your child off course. As mentioned above, it’s worth going slowly to ensure your child stays safe.
Get your child into good habits – such as the wearing of a helmet – at an early stage of their experience with scooting. This enables you to maximise their safety while also supporting their happiness when scooting and giving yourself a great way to spend time outdoors together.