Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lessons Within Lessons

We all know that our children will have to learn things that challenge them, frustrate them, and make them want to just give up. It helps if there's some kind of tangible incentive. Like, say...you won't be able to wear your cool new shoes to school IF you can't tie them yourself...so let's try again, shall we?

It took some tears, and some gently-recounted anecdotes about how long it took me to learn to knit, and how long it took daddy to learn to play the guitar. We talked about the fun he'll have next year when he can ride his bike to the beach from our campsite, IF he practises on his two-wheeler.

So, he tried again.

making the little loop,
dropping it, then starting all over again,
finally "getting" the part (after much repetition) where you push the little loop through that hole,
to FINALLY pronounce, "I did it!! All by myself!"
Velcro shoes would have been easier. But tying shoelaces, like reading time on analog clocks, washing dishes by hand, and waiting for a pot to boil teaches your child more than just to tie shoes. He will learn patience, perseverance, and the satisfaction of saying those wonderful words, after trying and mastering something challenging:
I did it! All by myself!


  1. Well done! I've an eight year old who still has trouble with that, thanks to the proliferation of Velcro.
    Your boy has the sweetest face. I love the sprinkling of freckles across his nose and cheeks.

  2. I have an almost 10 year old who resists. It may be because I am right handed, and she is left, and teaching her was just kind of awkward! Must try again. Way to go, sweet boy!!

  3. Way to go, both of you!
    I still remember sitting on the living room floor with my Mom, some twenty years ago, and the moment when I "got it"!
    And yes, what a super photo capturing his pride and satisfaction in his accomplishment!
    Peace, Love & 'laces,

  4. All these milestones - so great that you document them. I sure wish blogging had been around when mine were young. At least I can catch this part of their life! Your children are adorable...keep catching these priceless moments.

  5. This is so exciting! I remember learning how to tie my shoes and it felt incredible. I was one of the only ones in my Kindergarten class who couldn't do it, but my teacher was so patient. Congratulations on a job well done!

  6. The photos of this very important and valuable lesson (I hate velcro!) are amazing. Love that freckled, determined face followed by that proud face.

  7. Funny, the first thing that comes into my mind after reading your post....I said those very same words, after 24 hours of labour, the moment my first born took her first breath of air...

    I love his proud smile! Bravo!


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