3. Step back a little.
Once they get going, give them some space. Let them figure it out. If they stall, or even if they fall over, give them a minute to sort it out. They might immediately turn to you with an alarmed look, just nod your head and wait a minute before you go running to the rescue. Give them a little space to work the problem. If they ask, “What do I do?” try reassuring them with a response like, “You know what to do.” Confidence is critical in riding motorcycles, and solving a problem on your own is key in confidence building.
In another example, you might see them doing the same thing wrong over and over, and feel the need to point it out over and over. Unless it’s a major safety issue, resist the urge. If it’s not sinking in verbally, step back and let them explore the problem a little. Talk to them, ask questions like, “What do you think? How do you like the bike?” Wait for them to point out that it’s hard to get the bike to turn, then suggest scooting forward on the seat. In other words, let them bring the problem to you. This way they will feel the difference when they do it right. It will help them understand the why and how behind it, which is far more effective (and less frustrating) than simply telling them over and over to “scoot forward!”