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Shoes on the right feet

Updated on July 6, 2011
Swimming shoes showing dots inside near the bottom
Swimming shoes showing dots inside near the bottom
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How much precious time have you spent as a parent helping children with their shoes on? You are rushed you needed to get out that door 5-10 minutes ago and your child wants to put his/her shoes on by themselves. Yes its a great skill they are learning, yes you are proud of them for learning it, if it only it could get done right the first time. So how many times have you had to say, "No honey, you are putting them on the wrong feet"? Really there is a 50/50 chance they will get it right, I assure you parents, even though Murphy's law tells you differently. The later you are the more time it will take them. We have all been there done that.

I am here to share my tip on teaching children how to put their shoes on the right feet the first time. It's very simple, just draw a dot or eye on the inside of the lower rubber border of their shoes. As they put their shoes on, show them how the dots will look at each other if they have them on the right feet. Then mix the shoes up and demonstrate how the dots won't see each other when the shoes are on the wrong feet and ask your child to make the dots look at each other again. This may take a little bit of practice and reinforcing but soon your child will want the dots on all of their shoes. Children would always remind me if i hadn't put dots on those particular shoes at my preschool.

They love being successful and you love showing your pride at their success. Let's make this daily routine less frazzled and one of those sucesses. Please comment if this tip has made getting ready to go out the door easier for your family.

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    • sacredlilac profile image

      sacredlilac 6 years ago from Canada via England

      I love your tip about the dots! Fantastic. :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I did use the bunny ear method!


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      ImYoungAtHeart 6 years ago from midwest US

      Thank you for the positive comments. It makes me smile to be able to help other parents and have some followers on the first day I submit it. I hope to have my next hub up soon.

      And J. S. Matthew did you use the bunny ear method to teach tieing the shoes?

      Thanks again for the encouragement.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a great idea! I've never heard of this before. I became a step-dad when my son was 8 and I taught him how to tie his shoes! I thought it was weird at first but he grew up without a father and my wife always got him Velcro because it was easier! Voted Up an Useful! Nice work!


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      MDKB 6 years ago

      I can't think of any parent I know who has NOT has this problem with their child(ren)at some point. Great advice!

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Welcome to HubPages ImYoungAtHeart. Quite a clever piece of advice. Looking forward to hearing more.