Skateboarding is more than just a sport. It’s a cultural phenomenon that has influenced language, music, arts and fashion. Aside from competitive events, the sport has no rules, and this somehow has created a rebellious spirit within the skateboarding culture which has been wholeheartedly embraced by millions of youths from around the world. While UK can’t boast a large population of skateboarders yet, the interest in the sport is growing, particularly among children and young teens. Many parents worry about their child when they declare their love for skateboarding, due to the injuries associated with the sport and even sometimes with the rebellious culture that surrounds it, but fear not, here is a quick guide to get you ready if your child asks for a skateboard.
You may have seen on social media recently that a heartbroken Mum took to a live video where she was deeply distressed and had one message: do not let your children out on scooters, skateboards or bikes without a helmet. Her daughter is a lot older than my children but the message came across loud and clear. I will never let them go on their scooters without their helmets, no matter how short the distance.
At the weekend we got Noah a bike seat, so that Daddy could start taking him out for a bit of fresh air, after work, now it’s spring/summer (in the rain!). Noah loves it and looks so grown up in his big boy bike seat and safety helmet. Last night Daddy took Noah for a bike ride and I “drove” round to the park, that’s a 10 min walk, to meet them. We fed the duckies and unwillingly the swans and then we stopped for a nice ice cream… I’m looking forward to when we can all go out on bike rides together, not sure how that works with a newborn in tow… Maybe we should look into those carriages that attach to the back of your bike!