Shoelace Boot Camp

I feel it my duty to inform y'all I earned a new badge on my mean mom vest last week when I  forced  strongly encouraged Annelise to tie her own shoes.

It was time to say good-bye to velcro and fully embrace the shoelace. (Actually it was past time. We've attempted this before but always caved and gone back to velcro for speed and lack of tears. Yeah, we're wimps.)

This ultimatum was met with much resistance from the tie-r in training, as you might imagine.
Two days, countless attempts, tears, frustration (from all three of us), countless exclamations of "I'll never be able to do this!" (her) followed by "Try again" (me) were minimally productive.

Imagine our surprise the night of Day 2 when we heard her announce from her room, "I just tied my shoes!", followed by, "I just tied them 5 times in a row!", followed by "I just tied them with my eyes closed!" followed by her running downstairs to show us her newly mastered skill, followed by our hugs, praises and high fives.
She was beyond proud of herself.

And so were we.

And maybe, just maybe, she didn't think I was such a mean mom after all.


  1. Yep, yep....Isabella is 7 - has been riding a two wheel bike for 2 years, but can't/won't tie her own shoes. I need to get on this before school starts...thanks for the reminder :)

  2. It is huge!!! Yay!! Bad news though...after shoelaces, is math facts. ;)

  3. Woo Hoo!!! My 6 yr old told me and showed me that her summer camp counselor (Miss Kendra) helped her "learn" how....So I am a very happy girl...2 down, 1 more to go...Btw, I love the new design. :)

  4. yay for her and you and everyone! we are kind of feeling that way about potty training right now. M's really happy when she does it on her own, but I just don't force it like I should. BTW, I like the new blog design.

  5. Love the new blog look!!! And way to go A...I want to see a demo!

  6. You had a blog makeover and it looks great!!

    You are officially hired to show up in my first grade classroom to teach any of my classroom kiddos this nearly impossible skill to learn!

  7. way to go A! and mom and dad too!

  8. You just motivated me to try again. Also, love the new blog header!

  9. I love your new banner!!

    We didn't force Landon to learn how to tie his shoes until he had to for basketball in 2nd grade! But then he learned how to do it in about 10 minutes...I felt like such a chump for waiting for so long.

  10. We really should have pushed her to do this earlier but it was so frustrating to all of us. Since it was difficult for her--and she didn't get it right away--she therefore saw no need to practice.

    At least we're over that hump now and she's tying up a storm.

  11. Oh, and thanks so much y'all for your kind words about the new bloggy do. I was ready for a change and started playing around with photo collages. Hey, I learned something new!

  12. That is so sweet, the pic with her feet crossed.


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