Dirt Bikes for Kids

My son got his first dirt bike for Christmas. For the last year I had been telling him he had to wait until he was eight years old. Because I felt that at age eight he would be responsible enough to ride it. His Dad has a dirt bike and often goes riding on Saturdays. When he’d head out the door my son would look enviously after him and say, “If I had a dirt bike then I could go riding too.”

My husband, with my sons help wore me down. My husband showed me how many three and four year olds are riding dirt bikes, which I personally think is crazy. He also reminded me that if Tyler started now by the time he was twelve he would be riding as good as my husband. Riding dirt bikes is a sport they could do together, which would strengthen their relationship. My husband promised to take it slow, so I gave in and we bought the bike a year and a half earlier than I had said.

Christmas morning we took my son out into the garage. He was overjoyed. He climbed on the bike wearing an enormous grin.

We established some ground rules that Tyler promised to obey. He isn’t allowed to ride the dirt bike without his Dad there. No one else can ride the dirt bike. He always has to wear his helmet, chest protector, knee, and elbow pads.

My husband began by teaching him the different parts of the bike. Then he practiced using the brake, starting the bike, and using the throttle. When he got those things down they took it in the dirt field behind our house. My husband got on the back of the bike and rode with him. After a few times my husband let Tyler take the bike by himself while he ran along side. Right there to help if needed. After the ride Tyler came running into the kitchen, “I did it all by myself Mom!” he shouted. I was proud and at the same time terrified. But I can’t baby him forever.

It’s hard to let go. Have any of you had similar experiences?

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About Teresa McEntire

Teresa McEntire grew up in Utah the oldest of four children. She currently lives in Kuna, Idaho, near Boise. She and her husband Gene have been married for almost ten years. She has three children Tyler, age six, Alysta, four, and Kelsey, two. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves to scrapbook, read, and of course write. Spending time with her family, including extended family, is a priority. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and currently works with the young women. Teresa has a degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University and taught 6th grade before her son was born. She also ran an own in-home daycare for three years. She currently writes educational materials as well as blogs for Families.com. Although her formal education consisted of a variety of child development classes she has found that nothing teaches you better than the real thing. She is constantly learning as her children grow and enjoys sharing that knowledge with her readers.