Video: My seven-year-old son is not keen on learning to tie his shoes. He doesn’t have any problems with dexterity, he just gets easily frustrated doing things he isn’t already good at (which is a lot of things when you’re seven). So I’ve been coaxing him to practise with me, patiently waiting for him to come around — and continuing to buy Velcro-close joggers.
Until I came across this video that demonstrates what is claimed to be an easier way to teach kids how to tie their shoes. I was a little sceptical — it doesn’t look that much easier than the standard method — but then a colleague confirmed that she had used this strategy to teach her son.
My colleague noted that it’s easier for kids because it doesn’t require to them to hold one thing while manipulating another — a plus if your son or daughter is having any dexterity problems or is merely easily frustrated doing fiddly things, as mine is.
I tested it out on my son and he confirmed that it does make more sense to him than the standard way, and he even said he’s willing to try it from now on.
Two notes: You do need rather long laces to give yourself room to manoeuvre, and the final loops can be too long for safety — meaning you might need to teach your kid to double-knot to shorten up the laces.
Still, I’ll take any shortcuts I can get — it’s just about time for new shoes, and there aren’t that many Velcro-close joggers on the market in his size.