At some point, we all have to move our child away from velcro shoes and into the new world of lace-ups. For some it’s an easy transition, but for others it’s frustrating. (I have vivid memories of my 5-year-old, sitting on the hall floor, in floods of tears, and the tears getting worse when I tried to show her the traditional shoe-tying method.)
So when I saw this clip doing the rounds I just had to share it.
It was made by Ashley Lillard (from the US) and her 5-year-old son, Colton. They have a great trick for tying laces, and lots of other people think so too. At the time of writing this post, their clip has had over 2,220,000 views. Take a look and see what you think. It could be the answer to your prayers! Thank-you Ashley and Colton.
What the experts say:
The development milestones for 5-year-olds say:
- Can dress and undress on their own, although may still need help tying shoelaces
The milestone for 6-year-olds says:
- Can dress her/himself (although may still need help with laces or difficult fastenings)
So don’t worry if your child still can’t manage. As with anything, just keep practising. They’ll get there in the end.
Need more help?
To read the full list of developmental milestones for 6-year-olds? Click here.
To read the full list of developmental milestones for 5-year-olds? Click here.
Click here to download our FREE developmental checklist for 5-year-olds.
Click here to download our FREE developmental checklist for 6-year-olds.
Use the checklists to track you child’s development, and find out what to do, and who to turn to, if your child is not meeting milestones.
The developmental checklists are taken from Catharine Slade’s books: