A parents guide to skateboarding for kids.
Kids need to move, to exercise, to experience fun things. I want to help.
Being a skateboarder since fifth grade, I can say without exception that skating has brought me nothing but balance and joy. Give that same gift to your child or a child you know.
A Sport For Everyone
Introducing anything new, let alone a new sport, to children can feel daunting. But the experience will be well worth it. Skateboarding is not limited to daring teens, kick-flipping down five flights of stairs, or older guys pulling off front-side ollies all over the park.
It is a sport for all ages, boys and girls, over five (my opinion only). If your child can stand and move their legs in synch, they can learn to skate.
3 Benefits of Learning to Skate
Physically: Learning to ride teaches children balance and coordination. It also allows them to move, expend energy, and calm overstimulated minds.
Emotionally: Engaging in and growing in a new sport causes joy and excitement, leading to a positive, confident attitude.
Mentally: Encountering new experiences stretch the imagination like nothing else. Skating offers unlimited opportunities to create, invent, and explore tricks.
Shoes: You don’t need Vans or Etnies, good ole’ tennis shoes will do. Avoid sandals, flip-flops, boots, gellies, bare feet, etc. Make sure the soles are attached and non-slip, and you are good to go.
Safety gear: Shop Amazon for around $30 for age-appropriate safety gear. Here’s an excellent seller to choose from. They’ll need a helmet, wrist guard, elbow, and knee pads. This will ensure the skating is fun and the pain is limited because they will fall at some point. Here is video covering the five basic parts of the safety gear.
- Skateboard Deck + Gear: We have you covered there. Check out our selection of kid’s mini boards. They come in just a deck or complete with trucks and wheels.
Broom + Medical Supplies: The broom will keep the medical supplies as a backup precaution, but it’s good to have bandaids on hand if they biff and scrape themselves.
Patience and Encouragement: It takes time to learn any sport unless you do it on a game or VR. In real life, skating is the process of standing, balancing, and pushing. Then repeating it until they don’t fall. So be patient and encourage them to not quit if and when they fall.
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Discovering the Balance and Joy of Skateboarding with Red Panda Boards
Yes, we want you to enjoy exercising–especially on a skateboard. The beautiful thing is that you can jump into the sport for very little. At Red Panda Boards, we are bringing the sport to a newer, family friendly level. For over thirty years, we’ve enjoyed and celebrated the sport, discovering balance and joy in the process. We want to share that with everyone.
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