How to Tie a Shoe: A Primer

I’m not sure what prompted me to suddenly attempt to teach Kate how to tie a shoe. But I did. With her Dressy Bessy doll.

She mastered that in 2 tries, so I grabbed Craig’s shoe for her to try.

Sure enough, even Daddy’s shoelaces weren’t too big for her to manage.

First Kindergarten, and now shoe tying?

What’s next for her to master and not need me to help with anymore?

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68 Responses to How to Tie a Shoe: A Primer
  1. Dana K
    August 17, 2011 | 6:13 am

    I’m incredibly impressed. Shoe tying was quite hard for me…I was one of the last kids in my kindergarten class to master it. Seriously. It was terrible. As soon as I mastered it, mom bought me Velcro because she was so over the whole process.

    • Liz
      August 17, 2011 | 8:37 pm

      What a defeat! I can’t believe she went out and bought velcro!

      • Dana K
        August 19, 2011 | 6:55 pm

        I had been begging for velcro. I hated tying my shoes (mostly because I COULDN’T TIE MY SHOES!). Being the good mother who teaches her children life skills, she made me wait until I could successfully tie my shoes. It was a good thing.

  2. Julia
    August 17, 2011 | 6:20 am

    Congrats Kate! Impressive! Especially so because she is SO tidy and can explain it while she does it. It’s so fun when they get something all at once and are so excited — so great you got it on video too! :)

    • Liz
      August 17, 2011 | 8:38 pm

      She handles herself like na old pro, doesn’t she?

  3. JDaniel4's Mom
    August 17, 2011 | 6:36 am

    Shoe tying can be hard to master. I think it is wonderful that she picked it up so quickly.

  4. Barbara
    August 17, 2011 | 6:46 am

    wow! I’m impressed! I still struggle tying my shoes sometimes! ;)

  5. Natalie
    August 17, 2011 | 7:02 am

    Aww! I remember when jolie learned shoe tying. I wish I had taped it instead of only taking pictures.

  6. Alison@Mama Wants This
    August 17, 2011 | 7:08 am

    Super awesomesauce!!! Well done Kate!

  7. tracy
    August 17, 2011 | 7:15 am

    So awesome! Also, I am glad you didn’t teach her the bunny ears method – for some reason that drives me crazy. lolol

    • Liz
      August 17, 2011 | 8:47 am

      I would think bunny ears would be harder for the kids to “get” since they need to have the dexterity to make 2 loops nearly simultaneously.

  8. Kmama
    August 17, 2011 | 7:18 am

    Wow! Impressive. I’m jealous that it was that easy for you and her. It took us a lot longer with Buddy…though he’s kind of ambidextrous, so it was tricky figuring out exactly how to teach him.

  9. Jessica
    August 17, 2011 | 8:09 am

    Oh my gosh, so impressive!

  10. Evonne
    August 17, 2011 | 8:10 am

    Way to go Kate! I’m impressed that she learned to do that so quick!

  11. Natalie
    August 17, 2011 | 8:10 am

    Wow good job! Look at those cute little hands tying those shoes like a boss!

  12. Crystal @ PoM
    August 17, 2011 | 7:19 am

    That’s fantastic! Learning how can be so hard!

  13. Ado
    August 17, 2011 | 8:19 am

    I’m going to use this video to teach Ella to tie shoelaces….it may go viral! (-:

    • Liz
      August 17, 2011 | 8:49 am

      Ha! You’re so sweet! I hope it helps! Maybe it’s a kid-to-kid thing. :-)

  14. KLZ
    August 17, 2011 | 8:21 am

    I couldn’t tie my shoes anyway but rabbit ears until I was almost 9. And a friend taught me. I still can’t figure out why my mom didn’t tell me I was slowing us up with those damned bunny ears.

  15. Amanda
    August 17, 2011 | 8:36 am

    I still remember learning how to tie my shoes. AFter I learned, I obsessively tied bows around everything.

    This is just too cute. I bet she’s so proud of it, too!

  16. Missy
    August 17, 2011 | 8:52 am

    I have H watching this right now. For some reason, I feel that he SHOULD be able to tie a shoe before Kinder starts next week (because going to school all day is not enough pressure – ha).

  17. Jackie
    August 17, 2011 | 9:38 am

    Omg! I love how she says and this is the exciting part! This is a great video. I think it’ll help my son learn to tie his shoes!

  18. Bossy Betty
    August 17, 2011 | 9:39 am

    I learned a lot!! Very cute!

  19. Tracie
    August 17, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Awww. That is awesome!

  20. julia
    August 17, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    call me crazy, but i almost had tears in my eyes… b/c I’ve seen that look before… that look of accomplishment in my kids’ eyes when she does something for the first time! it’s so rewarding when you teach them, and then they can do it. and then they are excited.

    and still, they have so much more to learn beyond shoe-tying… exciting, yet sad that time goes so fast.

  21. Jenny
    August 17, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    Wow! Way to go Kate! It is amazing how quickly they can get some things! She will always need her mommy though…no worries there.

  22. MommaKiss
    August 17, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    will she please come teach Big Kiss. And lil while she’s at it?

    • Liz
      August 21, 2011 | 8:40 pm

      She has NO problem giving “direction”. Be careful what you ask for. :)

  23. Jamie
    August 17, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    Cudos to you both. That was one task I always wanted them to learn but was short on patience to teach them and let them try. But thankfully they all learned somehow. (and never seem to forget.)

  24. Glamamom
    August 17, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    “The exciting part!” Gosh, I love an overachiever.

  25. Practical Parenting
    August 17, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    “This is the exciting part…” I love it! Go Kate!

  26. blueviolet
    August 17, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    I’m so impressed right now, seriously impressed! She actually makes it look hard, but I tie my shoes in a weird way, I guess. I actually took video of it once, but I haven’t put it on my blog because I was wearing my wedding ring in it, and I don’t know if I should….

    • Liz
      August 21, 2011 | 8:41 pm

      Can you take a new video? Seriously, I would love to know an alternate way to tie shoes!

  27. Kimberly
    August 17, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    So impressive! Also, I’m glad it wasn’t the bunny ears method. Even I can’t get that!

  28. julie gardner
    August 17, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    First I was thinking, “This IS the exciting part! She’s totally right!”

    Then I thought, “Craig has way better shoes than Bill.”

    True story.

    • Liz
      August 21, 2011 | 8:42 pm

      Craig is such a girl. I think he has better shoes than half the women I know.

  29. Amy
    August 17, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Very impressive! Even my boys can’t do that. I was totally watching her method to see what wording I could use to explain it to them. Apparently I need to make it more exciting!

  30. Jen
    August 17, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    That was awesome.

    Maybe she can teach Hayden, he has yet to learn or be taught for that matter.

  31. Allie
    August 17, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    That’s incredible how quickly she picked it up. I hope we’re that lucky!

  32. morgan
    August 17, 2011 | 8:35 pm

    Baby steps toward being all grown up … hang on, Mommy! :)

  33. Jessica
    August 17, 2011 | 9:27 pm

    Wow, thats pretty impressive!! I was horrible at shoe tying. Probably why I prefer flip flops now. I was so traumatized by being one of the last ones to finally get it.

  34. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    August 17, 2011 | 11:39 pm

    Two tries!?! That’s amazing! She is a shoe tying genius. We took at least 100 tries at our house. Maybe you should teach her how to knit next or origami.

  35. Julie
    August 17, 2011 | 11:48 pm

    Ah…I had to stop by and say “Hi”!!! And..where were you when I needed you. Shoe tying was so hard for my kids. In fact, Summer still can’t do it. I’m totally going to try it tomorrow and if she doesn’t get it in two tries I’ll be totally dejected!! I think Kate is a genius.

    • Liz
      August 21, 2011 | 8:43 pm

      There is nothing that brightens my day more than when you stop by and say hi! I hope you and the gallery had a fabulous summer!

  36. Jessica
    August 18, 2011 | 1:40 am

    Impressive. Maybe you can hire her out to teach other kids how to tie laces.

  37. Kimberly
    August 18, 2011 | 7:29 am

    Shes a child genius…move over Oprah…this girl is taking over

    • Liz
      August 21, 2011 | 8:43 pm

      If only we could get Kate her own network show…

  38. Elena
    August 18, 2011 | 7:42 am

    I love “this is the exciting part” – too cute. She’s learned a lot of new skills lately between shoe tying and pumping a swing. Once again, a kid in kindergarten has passed me by.

  39. imperfectmomma
    August 18, 2011 | 8:50 am

    Wow! Thats just awesome!!

  40. Amy
    August 18, 2011 | 10:28 am

    She did great!

  41. Melissa
    August 18, 2011 | 11:49 am

    That is so darn cute…”…and this is the exciting part”.

    I’m going to show this to my 6 year old son…Kate just may teach him how to tie his shoes. Goodness knows he won’t listen to me :)

  42. Tayarra
    August 18, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    Love it… “and this is the exciting part…” So cute and impressive!

  43. Galit Breen
    August 18, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    Oh that’s such a big deal!

    Way to go Kate!

    Sob, sniffle Mama!

  44. Megan (Best of Fates)
    August 18, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    To this day I tie my shoe in a way that nobody I’ve ever met does and I still feel weirdly self conscious about it, so well done teaching her the right way.

    You’ve saved her a life time of hurt.

    (Oh, shoe tying is serious, serious business.)

    • Liz
      August 21, 2011 | 8:44 pm

      Now I have to know! Blue Violet commented that she ties in a weird way, too. Can you take some photos of the Megan Method?!?!

  45. The Flying Chalupa
    August 18, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    Look at those adorable little hands! I want to eat them up.

    And yes, your child is brilliant. My brother just learned how to tie a shoe two years ago. At 25.

  46. Hopes@Staying Afloat!
    August 19, 2011 | 12:06 am

    SO FRIGGIN CUTE!! My son hated learning to tie his shoes. I love to see a kid excited about it rather than frustrated! Adorable!

  47. Sarah at The Stroller Ballet
    August 19, 2011 | 9:06 pm

    Wow – that is huge! Go Kate!!

  48. Dana -My 3 little ducks
    August 19, 2011 | 11:28 pm

    she is fantastic!! Go Kate!! My first grader (boy) won’t even try. hahaha

  49. Lula Lola
    August 20, 2011 | 8:37 am

    I see a future in the video tutorial business coming her way. Teach her to cook and build stuff and she’ll most certainly have her own Food Network or HGTV shows.

  50. BalancingMama (Julie)
    August 20, 2011 | 8:22 pm

    They grow up too fast! What a great skill, though. Bravo to her!

  51. TatterScoops
    August 21, 2011 | 5:25 am

    WOW! Love how serious she’s explaining it too. Too cute and great job! :D

  52. joann mannix
    August 21, 2011 | 9:07 am

    She was getting to part where she had to pull the loop through and I thought to myself, now this is the hard part, when Kate said, “And, this is the exciting part.”

    It’s all in the attitude. And with that attitude, there is nothing she won’t be able to conquer. I’m going to send this to my sister who has two little girls of her own. So cute.

    • Liz
      August 21, 2011 | 10:55 am

      Thanks, Joann! I was amazed with how quickly after learning she assumed the role of “expert”. :)

  53. Kristin @ What She Said
    August 21, 2011 | 1:59 pm

    LOL at, “And this is the exciting part!” That Kate… she leads such a wild life. ;)

    So cute.

  54. Charlotte
    August 22, 2011 | 9:41 am

    Such precision! She did a great job (and you clearly taught her well!)

  55. Alexandra
    August 24, 2011 | 11:36 pm

    I still have fun teaching something to someone.

    The thrill never leaves which means she may grow up to be a teacher….

  56. deborah l quinn
    August 26, 2011 | 1:12 am

    It is all in the attitude: “exciting” versus “hard.” If she can keep that framework, she’s golden. Of course, if she’s getting an adrenaline rush from shoe-tying, that could mean she’s on a path to bungee-jumping, skydiving, mountain climbing… and now I’ve given you more fodder for your “what I worry about” post!