MORE Mom's on Bikes
Fri, Jul 12, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm | US/Eastern
This can be a challenge. I have a 9-year-old girl who loves to be outside. However, it can be challenging to convince her to go on short bike rides with us. Once we're going, she prolaims that biking "is her happy place". It is the inertia of getting into the activity each time (often), and, for us, is not unique to biking (also camping, hiking etc., once we're doing it, she loves it).
In my experience, we have to identify what the impediments are. Is her helmet unfomfortable? Is she wearing comfortable clothing? Are we going somewhere fun? Is she doing something right now that she wants to keep doing, and needs transition period? Planning head can be super helpful in overcoming these impediments.
We also reflect on times that we have biked together and how much fun we had along the way, or where we were going- even at times where we are not attempting to prepare for an outing. We remind her (and each other!) how much fun biking is, how easy it is (in our area) to get to many places, and the positive feelings from being outside and being active.
Great question, I'd suggest inviting a friend her age to engage the social aspect of mountian biking. Adults learn as kids, "It's just MORE fun when you share the experience".
Meanwhile, enjoy your time riding as a family.