Child can’t tie shoelaces? Problem solved!
© 2014 Roy Benaroch, MD
For most kids, shoelaces are no big deal. But some kids have fine motor problems and just can’t seem to get a good knot. Velcro is great for younger kids, but let’s face it: bigger-sized Velcro shoes are just plain ugly. What’s a parent to do?
There is hope! There’s more than one way to tie a shoe. I do the traditional “loop around the tree and the bunny pokes his head out of the hole” method. Many kids seem to do better by tying two loops together. Here’s a third way—it’s really simple, and I think many kids may find it easier than any of the traditional methods. You tie a half-hitch (just an ordinary x-knot, whatever you want to call it), then another half-hitch, and poke the aglets thru the hole between the knots. The video makes it much more clear. There are loads of other “easy-tie” videos on Youtube worth exploring for the shoelace challenged.
Still too difficult, or just too much bother? Maybe you’ve got a child who can tie shoes, but is too lazy to do it. Here’s another option: shoelace replacements called “Lock Laces.” They look good, they come in all sorts of colors, and they’re really easy to use.