Remembering when tying your shoes was lesson 101 in kindergarten? Well, yeah, they don’t teach that in kindergarten anymore. It falls on the parents now. And I remembered teaching Evie to tie her shoes. And let’s just say it was….challenging. She eventually got it, yes, but I may have aged a few years in the process.
I knew with Eli it would be a different kind of challenge. Because he’s the kid that’s very stubborn and refuses to give up until he does it perfectly all all by himself without any help. I knew on the day I decided to sit down and teach him I would be sitting there awhile because he would be there until he got it. Evie was my kid that could have cared less. She tried for a few minutes and then wanted to go onto the next thing. It took multiple “let’s learn to tie your shoes” sessions. But with Eli I knew it would be one and done. He just might have a few little tantrums in the process when things didn’t go quite right.
And I called it. It went exactly how I thought. He sat on that floor until he was able to tie his shoes all by himself without any help. He may have threw the shoes down several times in the process, but he kept at it until he had success sporting a big proud smile on his face.
It’s fun to watch my kids and notice the different ways they go about things. And I’ve come to learn, especially lately, that there is no right or wrong way. They are each going to do things differently and at their own pace and that’s perfectly fine. It’s my job as a parent to encourage them regardless if it takes multiple mini sessions or a very long one and done.