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May 16, 2013 at 9:32
May 16, 2013
The Kids Don't Ride
Awesome article. I love hearing perspective from other parents, especially from parents who ride. For me parenting, just like childhood, is an intense and personal journey that every one will approach in their own way. It's life. I have two very young boys, a five and a one year old, and I think a lot about how they'll mature and what will interest them. I live in a ski town so I think my boys will always be surrounded by the culture that I love whether I push it on them or not. We are very fortunate in that regard. Currently, my five year old loves to ride his bike. Most days that is. We have a fun little skills park and skate park near the house that he frequents. We also have singletrack out the back yard that he's starting to get into. My approach is to always ask him if he wants to go for a ride when I have the time. If he says "no", then I don't make a big fuss of it and I'll go hit the trail myself. If he says "yes" then I try to make the ride all about him. He calls the shots where we go, but I'll always make suggestions that are in line with my desires. It's working pretty well so far, but then again he is only five. I'm excited to see how he grows and changes yet hopeful that he keeps the stoke. I think that just by showing him how passionate I am about something will be a great lesson for his life. He may find that same passion in biking but it will be just as good if he's passionate about something else.
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