Rather shockingly according to new research released by First Choice, nearly half (45%) of parents have less than 17 minutes a day to teach their children new skills. Considering I spend a lot of time teaching my children stuff they should be learning at school and making sure that they have plenty of life skills its very eyeopening. Apparently nearly half of the UK’s children are unable to ride a bike by the time they turn 6. Apparently working longer hours (43%) and completing household chores (44%) are the main barriers stopping parents teaching their kids new skills.
In order to celebrate this fantastic initiative Fifi was kindly given a balanceability bike. Currently Fifi rides with stabilisers and she is really keen to learn how to ride with two wheels. However she simply doesn’t have the balance and the thought of dealing with the aftermath of several hundred crashes with two other children in tow fills me with dread. That’s where balanceability bikes come into their own.
Fifi has been confidently coming out with me on the balanceability bike instead of using her scooter. Its been really surprising how quickly she has got the hand of going along. I think the key to all of it has been the quality of the bike itself, the balanceability bike is a perfect weight, well built and just like a bike except it doesn’t have pedals and chain. This has made it really easy for me to try to help her and also for a child who likes to look cool on her kit, the bike is a really attractive option to use.
Despite not having the benefits of a course, Fifi is doing really well and I don’t think it will be too long before she’s off on a pedal bike. Little Ned is desperate to join in, he will have to wait till next summer though, by which time I may well have convinced the hubby to splash out on a First Choice holiday where he can learn whilst we relax. It sounds a perfect option to me!
Disclaimer: Fifi was gifted a balanceability bike to try. She loves it, her friends are jealous, Ned wants a go. I wish we could go to Majorca next week instead of school…