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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 10:31 AM   1
Fredapain
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Shoe Laces - at what age did your lo do their own laces up?


My ds is 6 and can't. Also, all the shoes/trainers seem to be velcro for his size, junior sizes, so not much options.



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 10:54 AM   2
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Violet is only 4, but she doesn't have any shoes with laces. If all the shoes in his size don't have laces, then I just wouldn't worry about it. Is there a reason you're wanting him to tie shoes or are you just curious about when the skill is expected to develop?



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 10:59 AM   3
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My daughter is an infant size 3 and we have had lace up shoes for her, so they definitely do exist in small sizes.

I was definitely at school before I could tie my laces.



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 14:23 PM   4
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Someone mentioned it today and my heart sank leading to feeling like a bad mummy moment, as I've totally let the whole shoelaces thing pass us by. I think because we always shop at Clarks as my ds has really narrow shoes, I've just bought Velcro without thinking. Can't even remember seeing lace up shoes on offer in his size.



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 15:25 PM   5
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Someone mentioned it today and my heart sank leading to feeling like a bad mummy moment, as I've totally let the whole shoelaces thing pass us by. I think because we always shop at Clarks as my ds has really narrow shoes, I've just bought Velcro without thinking. Can't even remember seeing lace up shoes on offer in his size.
Not teaching shoes laces definitely isn't a "bad mummy" thing. If his shoes don't have laces, it's an unnecessary skill. If someone asks about it, just say he hasn't learned because his shoes don't have laces.



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 15:29 PM   6
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My oldest will be 6 in September and can't. He has lace up converse but all his other shoes are Velcro. It's not a big deal, I tie them for him. I think I was able to do it at his age but I'm not sure how,it seems hard! I could teach him now but I will only bother when he has lace up school shoes



 
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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 15:49 PM   7
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For some perspective, my mom taught kindergarten (ages 5-6 in the US) for a while and had a rule that she didn't tie shoes after winter break. When kids asked her to do it after break, she'd remind them about her rule. At this point, the kids would help each other and eventually they could all do it. So, yes at age 6, kids should be capable of it, but they may need a push in order to do it. However, it's really not a big deal if you choose not to give that push.



 
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Old Apr 26th, 2017, 04:38 AM   8
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Paige is 6 and a bit and has been able to tie her laces for a few months now, just before she turned 6. I've found that most trainers seem to be lace up once you get into bigger sizes and there aren't many velcro ones. Paige wont wear velcro anymore, her trainers have to have laces.



 
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Old Apr 26th, 2017, 08:23 AM   9
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Lucas can't do his yet. I've not even thought of teaching him tbh, I know OH has showed him a few times but he has poor fine motor skills so I'm not after pushing him. His school shoes are velcro and his trainers slip on.



 
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Old Apr 26th, 2017, 11:54 AM   10
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Even if shoes come with laces, there are things you can do to replace the laces. I think it's really a matter of whether or not you and your kid want to bother with it. I was sitting in a meeting regarding a high school student who couldn't tie his shoes. The dad wanted the school to focus on helping him learn and everyone else thought it was unnecessary including the kid's mother. During the discussion, someone looked under the table and pointed out that less than half the adults at the table had shoes with laces. There are always alternatives if it's not something you find important.

I did a quick google search. Check these out:
https://www.thegrommet.com/elastic-l...HAQ#color=neon



 
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