I think I was five or six when I learned to tie my own shoelaces. Probably five when I think about it because that would have been my first year at school.
I mention it only because my eight year old son has only just learnt to tie his shoelaces. That may seem a little late in life but the the reality is, he hasn’t needed to learn. All his shoes are and always have been velcro fastening.
There were no velcro shoes when I was his age. There were lace-up shoes and slip-on shoes and if you wore slip-on shoes you were teased mercilessly.
I distinctly remember that my school had a wooden board in the shape of a foot with laces. It was a ‘lace tying simulator’ for want of a better term.
I don’t ever recall seeing one of those at my children’s school and they’ve never mentioned using one, so I guess it’s something that doesn’t happen anymore?
It’s interesting to think that these days there might well be teenagers who still can’t tie their shoe laces. No. That can’t be possible. Can it?
And in case you thought there was only one way to tie your shoe laces, think again. There are at least 17! Have look at How to Tie Shoelaces.