For Christmas this past year I got my son a 12" bike with training wheels, just a few days before he turned 4. Should have started earlier I guess. Anyway, I tried making it a balance bike first by removing the drivetrain and training wheels. He didn't really take to it at all. So I put the drivetrain and training wheels back on, yet he still didn't show much interest. Then suddenly on Easter weekend he decided to hop on the bike and pedal it all over the house. Since then he's been riding it pretty much every day, both inside the house and outside. Just recently he's really gotten to where he can power up some hills, and also able to work the coaster brake pretty well.
This weekend I got down a 16" bike with TW's at the store, and he hopped on it (with the seat low) and rode it around just fine. The seat on his 12" bike is at its maximum height right now. Unfortunately I can't afford another bike at the moment.
So today we went in the back yard on the grass and I tried taking off the TW's from his 12" bike, but of course he wasn't interested at all. I got home to get on the bike and I pushed him along for just a few feet, then he pushed the coaster brake and wanted to get off. He only wants to push the bike around while walking it, and lean it against stuff. So for now I just put the TW's back on.
How do I proceed here? Seems like I probably just need to take the TW's off, and if he wants to ride something he'll have to learn to ride it, and if not then he just won't have anything to ride.