On subject of teaching kids ride mtb: maybe it's just my kids, but, they don't listen. You can carefully explain how to position your weight, when to brake, la, la, la whatever. So I just let them do their own thing, and am ready to catch them or later pick them up. If they fall I always tell them what a great fall it was. Very important to know how to fall, especially with the bike. Give them high fives for a good fall, they forget it hurts. If I really want them to try something: don't ride there, it's too dangerous, you will fall. Just for the perspective, both my sons started on a push bike at age 1+ and a pedal bike at 2+. Now the oldest is 7.
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