3-year-old boy’s first skateboard trick rocks!
It’s never too soon to get your child to get enthusiastic about fun activities.

Skateboarding and YouTube enthusiast Andy Schrock is quick to adopt trends, that’s why it seemed natural to include his young son Ryden in both interests: at only three years old, the kid is not only learning how to roll with the big guys, but is already mastering some basic skateboarding tricks.

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Lesson #1

Before you freak out about the potential danger involved in putting a toddler on wheels, you can see that Andy has ensured his son’s safety by giving him a helmet and even letting him practise the tricks on soft grass. If your child wants to take to the skate park or driveway, you can find all sorts of protective pads, helmets and gloves at your local sports store.

Start small

Remember when your dad taught you how to ride a bike but omitted to tell you how to brake? Well, you can avoid painful lessons by starting small with your child. Let him or her take on their skateboard/roller blades/bicycle at their own pace. You can encourage them to try simple tricks or moves without placing them in danger.

Basic safety

Don’t forget basic road safety: even though your child may only be going slowly, the same road rules will always apply – don’t enter a road when visibility is limited or between parked cars, for example. You should stick to a designated play area if possible, but you can use this kind of play to teach road safety, too.

Enough is enough

Your child will probably have many interests in life. Some may stay, others will pass. Lots of families have skateboards, surfboards, boogie boards and so on collecting dust in the garage. You could consider passing these on to friends or underprivileged children if they go unused. If you’d like to test the waters before you invest in expensive equipment, either borrow some from a friend or buy used equipment to avoid disappointment. Don’t force your child to take an interest in something or push them too hard to be competitive. Leisure activities should be fun!

Watch: 3 year old’s first skateboard trick! Via AndrewSchrock/YouTube

What tips do you have for parents wanting to teach their kids new skills?

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Raising a son on your own

2008-07-21 11:35

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