After last month’s success with potty training I thought… heck… I can do ANYTHING. Let me try shoe tying. AGAIN.
I distinctly remember my dad teaching me. Sitting on the couch at my grandmother’s home for hours we tried over and over and over again. Practice makes perfect. However, if you didn’t know, I’m a girl and my son, well he’s a very active, very wiggly boy. He is not about to sit for hours practicing something he does not want to do when there are football games and video games to play. We tried a couple of months ago and everyone ended up frustrated, crying and grumpy. I was pretty sure I didn’t want him to be a 30-year-old man wearing velcro shoes, so I knew it was time that I tried again.
Off to the pinterest I went in search of ideas.
There is not a whole lot out there but I did find this technique (http://teachmama.com/2011/05/quick-trick-how-to-teach-kids-to-tie-their-shoes.html) that seemed to make sense in my little brain. It seems that our son, like most boys, learn from seeing and maybe the two different colored lace idea would really work.
Then, I sat the Boy between my legs and first showed him what I do. Then had him place his hands on mine then, tried it side by side; him on the colored laces, me on the white.
That was making us both pretty frustrated. I think he was remembering the stress from last time. I asked him to Loop it around, use your thumb, push it through. Dang if I didn’t even try the “chase the bunny around the hole” method that I don’t like.
Finally, what worked was the DOUBLE bunny ear! It frankly never occurred to me that shoes could be tied without the chase the bunny around the hole method. I practiced it myself a couple of times and then showed the Boy once again.
1.) Take one lace in each hand and make an X. Draw the top lace through the bottom of the X and pull the two laces tight.
2.) Make a loop out of each lace. TWO bunny ears.
3.) Just like in step 1, cross the ears.
4.) Flip one ear under the other. Pull the bent ear through the hole and tug both ears tight.
He got it on the third try. With beaming pride off he ran to show his dad.
There you have it, shoe tying mommas, I hope this helps! Good luck.
So, what’s the next hard thing a mom of a nearly three-year old and a seven-year old has to look forward to… maybe bike riding without training wheels? Maybe that will be a DOC project.
What are your techniques for teaching hard tasks?