How To Convince Your Kids To Wear A Bicycle Helmet
Are you looking to convince your kids to wear a bicycle helmet? Here you will find tips on how to encourage your children to wear a helmet for their safety.
Being a parent is full of worry. Parents often worry about the decisions that they make how they will affect the child later, along with worry about the child’s safety and the like.
When a child is riding a bicycle, one of the best things that a parent can do for the safety and protection of the child is to make them wear a helmet.
The problem is that many kids are against wearing helmets. They may think of this as being a bother to wear, they may not like the looks of these and the reasons for not wearing a helmet goes on.
So, as a parent, what can you do to convince your children that a bicycle helmet must be worn? We have a few suggestions!
Talk About The Importance Of Wearing Helmets
One of the best ways to ensure that your child wears a helmet while on a bicycle is to let them know how important this is. What are the risks of not wearing a helmet?
Talk with your child about the numerous accidents that can happen while riding a bicycle and the injuries that result, including brain injuries.
Many kids have this complex in which nothing bad is ever going to happen to them, they go through life thinking that they are young, carefree and invincible.
It is important that you tell them examples of kids around their age who have been injured because they were not wearing a helmet, whether they were hit while riding or they simply had an accident while riding their bicycle.
Utilize celebrities also to showcase head injuries that happen when a helmet is not being worn. While you don’t want to scare your child into never riding a bicycle, however, you want to give them enough knowledge that they understand what injuries can be sustained when not wearing a helmet while riding.
Here a few tips on how to emphasize the importance of helmets:
Let them know specific incidents of children their age who have been injured and the extent of these injuries.
Don’t just limit yourself to bike injuries, several sports, and other outdoor activities require that people wear helmets. Talk about hockey players who suffered injuries, football players and other sports players whom the child may be familiar with.
Be sure to emphasize how the helmets can help with brain injury preventions so that the point is truly understood.
Let Your Kids Have A Say
Once your kids realize that bicycle helmets are a must to help prevent brain injuries, let them be involved in choosing a helmet. Allow them to have a say in which helmet they want.
If your child loves purple, encourage them to find a purple helmet. The more your child likes the helmet, the more likely they are going to be happy to wear this while riding.
There are also a few ways that you can work with your child to make this helmet into something that is really going to show their personality and make this cool.
Here are a few tips:
Let them put a few stickers of their favorite cartoon, band or whatnot on the helmet. The helmet will still be safe if you stick a few stickers on it, and it makes it one of a kind for your child.
Washi tape is being used by several people to make their bike helmet one of a kind. There are tons of projects online that showcase how to use this.
You can easily add in rubber spikes to the top of this to look like a faux mohawk…something that little boys love!
You will find that you can buy add-ons online or at bike shops that allow you to put on lights, spikes, horns, to make your helmet look as though it has cat ears, and the like.
The key with these design ideas is to ensure that the kids are getting something that is uniquely them. The more they love this helmet, the more likely they want to wear it, rather than you force them each time to wear it.
Have Rules That Must Be Obeyed
Every parent has a few rules in place in the house for kids. This is not only meant to keep them safe but to keep everything in the home running smoothly.
There should be rules for bike riding that must be obeyed for their safety and enjoyment.
The first rule: always wear a bike helmet. You, as a parent, need to make sure that kids understand if there is no helmet being worn, there is no bike riding.
If you stick to this rule, kids are going to wear the helmet, because they want to ride their bicycle.
A few other rules to consider throwing in for their safety:
Always wear bright colored clothing so that they are easily seen by drivers
Stay in a certain area of the neighborhood so that you always know where they are
Watch the traffic to ensure that they are not putting themselves into harm’s way
Always be alert of what is going on around where you are riding
Let children know that the rules you have in place are meant to protect them! Be sure that they know the bicycle laws for your area so that they are staying safe and legal.
Remember, if they are not going to wear their helmet, then there will be no riding a bicycle. Stay firm on this rule and never bend.
This is far too important to simply let go as brain injuries are the number one reason why bicycle accidents are so fatal!
Set A Good Example
One of the best ways that you can convince your kids that a bicycle helmet must be worn is that if you do this yourself.
While you are out riding bikes with them, be sure that you are wearing your helmet. When kids see their parents doing something, they are more likely to fall in line because it shows that this is something that is important.
Safety Is The Number One Priority
Safety is your number one priority when it comes to your children riding a bike. Once you have convinced your children that a helmet is a necessity, be sure that you are getting this properly fitted.
A poor fitting helmet is just as bad as not wearing one at all in the event that there is an accident.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that when the helmet is on, it should not move more than an inch in any direction when the child shakes his or her head. It should also never come off when shaking the head!
Also remember, that children grow fast, so you may have to check the fit of the helmet every few months to ensure that they have not outgrown this. And when they do outgrow this, it is time to invest into another helmet!
You may also want to take a short course in bike safety with your child so that they realize just how much of a responsibility for riding a bicycle is.
Wearing helmets is not something that is optional. This is a must for safety and in the prevention of brain injuries.
Almost every province and territory in Canada does require that helmets be worn. While there are some areas that don’t, many bicyclists are still wearing these as they realize just how vital they are for their safety.
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