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Wearing bike helmets in their backyard?
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#1 librablonde

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:00 PM

I've had some parents commenting recently that their kids should be wearing their bike helmets when riding their own bicycle in their backyard. Seriously? Is this a thing? My kids only ride their bikes around our grassy, 1.5 acre hilly property (where there is only concrete on the long driveway). Does 2012 parenting dictate they "should" be wearing their helmets in their own backyard?? (Obviously I understand and agree with helmets when out of your yard or riding on hard/ rocky/ unstable surfaces).

#2 WithSprinkles

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

Head injuries could happen anywhere, including your own backyard...

#3 Mrs Lannister

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

My kids have helmets on every time they ride their bikes. It becomes habit and they always remember to put them on. What annoys me is the amount of parents who think helmets aren't necessary on scooters...

#4 liveworkplay

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:04 PM

my kids know if they want to ride their bikes or scooters, they have to have a helmet. we do not distinguish a difference between places. I am as far as one can get away from helicopter parenting and still be supervising my kids but that's our rule. just because a kid is riding on grass, doesn't mean they would do no damage in a crash.

#5 Unatheowl

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

Our blanket rule is that every time they get on the bike,they wear a helmet.  They can hit their head on the actual bike too (handlebars).

#6 Dionysus

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

It's more about the habit, particularly while DD is young (3 yrs).  She knows that she needs a helmet for either her scooter or her trike.

#7 Jekaho

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

We have fostered the habit of wearing a helmet everytime he gets on a bike or scooter. Easier to wear it all the time rather than wonder whether this time or that time or whatever.

#8 WibbleWobble

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:11 PM

QUOTE (liveworkplay @ 09/12/2012, 09:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
my kids know if they want to ride their bikes or scooters, they have to have a helmet. we do not distinguish a difference between places.

This. I like to give a consistent message that bikes/scooters=helmets.

#9 Julie3Girls

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:12 PM

Yep, blanket rules here. Helmet on your head if you are on your bike.

If they are riding around our place, they are on concrete. Just as easy to hit their head as out on the road.

#10 Chocolate Addict

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:13 PM

Yep. My kid mostly rides his bike inside the house (weird, I know) and he always puts his helmut on. We have tiled floors he could crack his head open.

Our rule is easy, if you are planning on getting on the bike or scooter you put your helmet on, doesn't matter where you are.

#11 bikingbubs

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

Yes, it will be essential in our household for bikes and scooters.  Just because you are in your backyard/on grass/blah blah does not mean you cannot sustain a serious (or not so serious) head injury.  Even going slow is a serious risk.
I speak from first hand accounts of most of the above!

#12 MrsLexiK

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

My mum used to make us wear them in our backyard.

#13 scarfie

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

Our kids always knew the rule 'if it has wheels, you need a helmet'.  DD1 is now nearly 20, so I don't think it is a 2012 parenting thing!

#14 mokeydoke

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

Mine don't. Sure they could fall off and bump their heads, but they could also bump heads on the trampoline or fall off the climbing frame or anything else they choose to climb. Plus our backyard doesn't allow anyone to go as fast as any long stretch of road, so they probably run around faster than they ride their bike or scooter anyway.
Our helmets live on the hat stand for when we go for rides, at least then we always know where they are.

#15 *JAC*

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:57 PM

Yes - funnily enough, the ground is just as hard as the ground outside our property!

#16 Soontobegran

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:08 PM

My kids in the late 80's didn't get on their bikes anywhere without their helmets and I hope they will be as strict with their children.
There is still a risk even on grass. Some of the worst injuries I have seen have come from collisions with each other sad.gif


Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

QUOTE (Ferdinand @ 09/12/2012, 09:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It has nothing to do with '2012 parenting'.

We weren't allowed on our bikes - anywhere - without a helmet as kids. This was back in the 80s/90s.

You can fall and hurt your head badly even in your backyard.


#18 rokate

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

Helmets on everytime. My son is two and gets it drilled into him, he even wears it on his little bike with a handle. Get the habit started young.

#19 ekbaby

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:13 PM

Yep, DS1 always has to wear a helmet on his bike or scooter. We don't have a yard, but this applies whether he is riding on the balcony, in a park, or on the footpath. It's about instilling that habit and having a consistent rule.

I also don't see what the harm is in having him wear a helmet. It takes a few seconds to put it on. There are other "risky" things I let him do like climb trees, monkey bars etc but that's because I can see there is a benefit for his physical/cognitive development in doing those things. I can't see how having to wear his helmet when riding his bike is limiting his opportunities or development.

ETA: this was also the rule in our house growing up in the 80s

Edited by ekbaby, 09 December 2012 - 09:14 PM.

#20 Liadan

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:15 PM

When I was about 12 years old, I was hooning around on my pushbike on a family friend's farm, went flying down a hill, missed a turn I was trying to take, and ended up crashing into a 5ft tall (and almost as wide) tree stump.

I had my helmet on. I ended up with a concussion, broken wrist, lacerated ear and very sore for another couple of days.

The force of the impact... I shudder to think what sort of damage that I would have done if my parent's HADN'T drilled it into my sister and I that we ALWAYS wear our helmets on our bikes, no matter WHERE we are riding.

#21 Chazee

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Looks like we're in the minority. No helmets when riding bikes, scooters or rollerblades at home. shrug.gif

#22 ~Jodama_Feral~

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:24 PM

No we dont force the helmet issue in our yard. If they want to they can but mostly they dont. When we go out riding they have too.

#23 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:25 PM

For real?  wearing a helmet inside the house or in the backyard. No, never.  Never even thought of it.  Just another thing I have to try to remember now.
Should they put a helmut on when they go on the swings too? just incase they fall off

#24 Soontobegran

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

QUOTE (Mummyone1 @ 09/12/2012, 10:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For real?  wearing a helmet inside the house or in the backyard. No, never.  Never even thought of it.  Just another thing I have to try to remember now.
Should they put a helmut on when they go on the swings too? just incase they fall off

Why would they wear it in the house?

Do people think the only head injury comes from riding on concrete?

#25 Chocolate Addict

Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

Why would they wear it in the house?

That would be my comment she is talking about. My child does sometimes ride his bike around the house, mostly around the kitchen island bench. We have tiled floors and the is corners on the bench and walls etc.. he did fall off once and hurt himself on the kitchen bench, so why wouldn't I make him wear a helmet inside?

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