I remember all of my bikes. My red tricycle gave way to my yellow and blue two-wheeler, and then the red 10-speed came along. With all three, I never wore a helmet. And those guys that lived down the street with skateboards? Maybe one had a helmet, but definitely no elbow pads or knee guards.
Times have changed since the 70s and 80s -- not only is TAB soda gone, so have the days of so-so safety. It seems that since my daughter was born, something with wheels has been parked somewhere in our apartment: the big snap-n-go stroller, then the umbrella stroller, and now her scooter.
Granted, when she was in those strollers, we didn't really need to worry about safety, per se, except that she was properly buckled in. But now, with the scooter and bike days upon us, safety is the number one element we focus on as she travels along the city sidewalks on wheels. Sure, I'm hoping she has fun and a smile on her face, but I mostly care that she is safe.
It is tough to get our kids to do a lot of things and we may slide on certain healthy habits every now and then, but bike-scooter-skateboard, okay, let's call it wheel safety is one area where we can't skimp on.
All this week, we'll talk about keeping our kids safe as they ride those wheeled things, how to make it fun and safe.
Do you remember biking as a kid? Did you wear a helmet? Do you now wear one when you go biking with them? (You should you know!)