Teaching My 3 Year Old Daughter To Ride A Bike!

So when Clara was about 2 we bought her a nice RadioFlyer tricycle lol. She was too short for it for a couple months so we put it away then brought it back out once she was tall enough for it. Well, now she's actually too big for it lol. So I went out and bought a regular 12" bike (with training wheels) and an adjustable seat thinking maybe she'll get the hang of peddling better on it. But it still seems to be a chore for her. Granted, it's a Disney Princess bike, the peddles are heart shaped and have no grooves for traction so her shoes slip off CONSTANTLY and it's not the best quality bike (got it from WalMart lol). So I know it's not the best but it's a start but she seems to be struggling with learning to peddle. I feel like she is behind on learning to peddle a regular bike but maybe I'm just being ridiculous? I know boys learn their gross motor skills faster than girls so I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt, but I still feel like she should be able to pick up peddling faster than this.

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    05/09/14
    Do you have a small hill that she can learn to balance on? My mom recommends learning the balance first, then adding the pedaling.
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    05/09/14
    Balancing isn't necessarily the problem since the bike is on training wheels and she does just fine. She knows how to peddle the bike. She understands that when she stops, the bike stops. Her REAL problem is this: mommy and grandma do almost everything for her (aside from feeding her and potty training and such). So she's expecting that we're just gonna push her on this bike and she doesn't need to peddle. She's not into the idea of making the bike go by HERSELF lol.
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    05/09/14
    Oh, I understand...and that makes sense that you tried the tricycle first. I'm sure she'll pick it up soon!
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      05/09/14
      8Theresa Gould
      My girls were actually late bloomers when it came to riding bikes. Probably 7 or 8 riding a two wheeler. I don't think my boys were riding at three either, except maybe our second son.
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      I'm a 23 year old single mother living in Fortville, IN. I work in Indianapolis. I have a wonderful 3 year old daughter, Clara. Check out my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005722937289 :-)