I’m happy I’m done with the stroller stage of parenting. It was great while it lasted, the wonderful perks of having a safety seat for your infant/toddler to peacefully nap, and also the wonderful amount of storage for your phone, bottle, and drinks. But let’s face it. The struggle was real when baby wasn’t in the mood to stroll through the mall or downtown. The width of your stroller wasn’t even small enough to move through clothe aisles at the department store, which all even came down to why did you even go out today.
Well, have no fear parents. It get’s easier. As I’ve been out of the stroller game now, for about 2 years, it’s come clear that my boys are growing faster than I’d like. In my last post, I even mentioned that my eldest son (who’s 9) will no longer want to participate in my holiday crafts. Yes, yes, we all know the Holiday Pinteresty crafts are fun to do with our children, but about as they grow older??
This post, I’d like to cover a few issues of parenting, and how to deal with our growing children, and also transitioning out from the stroller to the scooter. Something my boys use on the regular as we explore through our wonderful new city of Sacramento.
If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I’m happy you’re here! My family and I just recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area, to sunny (well right now, really chilly) Sacramento! You can check out more details about our big move HERE!
The family and I love exploring around Sacramento. Moving into a new city, there’s so much to see, and find. But driving to every neighborhood, business plaza, and coffee shop is no fun. Rather, we’d like to walk as we can see the city from a different perspective! However, my kids enjoy taking their razor scooter around. My first son received his first scooter on this 5th birthday, and is how he learned to transition to a 2 wheeler. My second son, was the same. instead of the balance bike (which are more expensive than a scooter) we gave him a scooter, and within a short time, we was on a 2 wheeler 3 months after turning 5.
Before scooters, strollers where the only way of life to get by traveling with baby/toddler.
Above, 2013 Walnut Creek, CA
Below, 2013 Downtown San Jose, CA
This December, get a special little someone a scooter!!! It makes a perfect holiday gift for kids ages 18 months and older. It’s fun, plus riding a scooter hones gross and fine motor skills that are useful for learning, sports and other life skills.
The Benefits Of Kick Scooters For Kids
Balance and Direction
Scooters are powered first by a kick but directed using balance. Scooters can help improve coordination with use at any age, but particularly when kids are young and learning how to balance using their weight.
Gross and Fine Motor Skills
Developing gross and fine motor skills enables kids to become more independent, while opening doors to exploration, creativity and learning.
Scooter help develop both sets of motor skills kids need in everyday life. Scooters must be transported to a place of play (often by the kids), and can even be used a as a centerpiece for imaginary play…Going down hills! (steep driveways!)
The above benefits are also essential pre-reading skills for very young kids. Motor skills are essential for a number of other reasons. Kids not only need to hold the books and flip pages, but a good pencil grip later enables them to write words down in order to remember them better. They’ll hone motor skills to brush teeth, type and a number of other things throughout their lives.
It usually doesn’t take long for kids to master riding a kick scooter. Like, I mentioned, my kids started being on the scooter at age 5. That’s Pre-Kinder age! When they do, the confidence knowing they can handle it can potentially make them eager to tackle other skills.
A helmut is require by California law for non-motorized scooters, skateboards and bikes for anyone who is under the age of 18. Through riding scooters, kids can understand a bit more about the importance of protecting their bodies and consequences of not doing so.
(BAD MOM Truth: I don’t carry helmets. The kids usually are with me on the sideway. And I never go anywhere soo busy and over populated with traffic)
Seriously, kids love the freedom and ease that riding a scooter provides. Bottom line is that kick scooters are fun and also let them ride when walking might be a burden.
See more razor scooting around Sac on my Instagram!