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Shoe Tying Hack 101

Shoe Tying Hack 101

Teaching our child how to tie their shoes can be an exciting yet daunting task, this is usually when the lovely convenience of velcro comes into play but it can’t last forever.

Millions of parents and children worldwide tackle this milestone together, whether it’s watching Youtube videos, endless practices sessions in the morning (when we all normally just give in and end up doing it for them). If your child is 4- to 6-years-old and is able to button up their own shirt or draw with a pencil, they may be ready to learn how to tie their shoes.

There are many ways to tie your shoes, and some may be easier than others. Whether you are a trying to teach a child how to tie their shoes, or you're looking for a new technique, all you’ll need is a pair of patient hands and your favorite pair of shoes.

Remember to remain understanding and keep a sense of fun in the air – We were all kids once. Here are a few beginner tips on how to make this a smooth and hopeful process.

  1. Place the shoe on a flat surface: In the beginning its always helpful to start out by placing their shoe on their lap and pointing the toe outwards, to set the stage for a realistic shoe tie experience.

  2. The Tree Method: To make it easier for children, color the bottom of one shoelace brown, the middle part of the lace green, and the top part of the lace brown. This way, when you instruct them to make a loop with the lace, it can look like trying to form a “tree” by always making sure the green part of the lace is at the top of the loop, like the leaves at the top of a tree.

  3. Egg Carton: Yup, you read right, use an egg carton. Lace up the carton like it was a shoe, this is an easy cleaner method if you’re child is practicing on a daily basis around the home.

  4. The Bunny Ears: This hack should be thrown into the Smithsonian for all of the years and successful shoe tying to back it up. This age old trick is simple, straight forward and allows for your child to take simple steps that work perfectly with their small hands to achieve shoe tying success!

    1. Fold each end of the lace into a single "bunny ear." You can hold the "ears" in place between your thumb and pointer finger on each hand.

    2. Cross the bunny ears so that they form an "X" in the air.

    3. Loop the bottom bunny ear over and through the top bunny ear. This will create a second knot.

    4. Pull the bunny ears out to the side away from the shoe. This will create a square knot that will not easily come undone and will hold the shoe in place.

It won’t be easy and we can’t promise your child won’t come home with a million knots on their shoes but it’s one more way to empower and boost your child self esteem and motor skills. Now go out and parent and be AWESOME! :)

4 Ways To Teach Children Impulse Control

4 Ways To Teach Children Impulse Control

Does your child have the self-discipline to control his or her impulses?

How many times have we been at a store and our child goes bonkers over having another sample of the apple juice the sweet old lady is handing out? And instead of explaining to our child why they cannot have another sample, we instead give in to their pint sized demand. I think we can all agree this is the easier way out, who wants to force innocent shoppers to another World War meltdown in isle 3? Not me. Food aside, impulses can show up anywhere and for many reasons. Let’s face it, we have little humans that need us to guide them through and teach them how to move through this crazy thing called life.

Teaching your child techniques on how to control their impulses doesn’t have to be hard, you can implement these simple recommendations on a weekly basis. If we can take the time to adjust our child’s thinking and impulses, we actually save ourselves a lot of time later down the road. Here are some tips on how to improve your child’s impulse control and alleviate future parental stress.

  1. Teach your child about their feelings: Often times, kids who don't understand their emotions are more likely to be impulsive. A child who can't say, "I'm angry" may hit to show she's upset. By teaching your child to recognize and verbalize his/her feelings, allows them to understand and cope with the current situation in a way that both child and parent can come to a solution.

  2. Teach them to repeat directions: How many times have we set our child aside before a task and clearly explained directions and once you let them loose all directions fly out the window? A great way to avoid this is to have your child repeat the directions back to you.

  3. Teach problem solving skills: There isn’t one way to solve a problem in adult life and this isn’t any different for children. Teach your child patience by explaining and walking them through situations that have more than one solution.

  4. Teach anger management skills: Low frustration skills can result in a child scream fest. There are ways to avoid this by having them practice certain strategies: taking a deep breath, thinking rather than yelling, etc.

Parenting isn’t easy or else everyone would do it. It’s definitely a journey but we’ll be with you every step the way.

3 Parental Life Hacks

3 Parental Life Hacks

90% of parenting is thinking about when you can lie down again.

As a parent, it's easy to get down on yourself. The laundry is full, dinner isn't made, the "kids look tired and it's all my fault!" Whenever you think you're the only one looking to pull your hair out, you're not. 

I remember as a kid, my mom who was a single parent lived on structure, without it, she would have gone mad. Not to say she didn't stumble every now and again, we're only human. Even before "life hacks" was a thing, she was doing little things to make her life a little easier, for example: weekly meal calendars and prepping outfits the night before. We all have our own little tricks but I think we can all agree we could always use a little more :)

Below are some hacks that are sure to make you think "why didn't I think of that!" Enjoy my fellow parents! And remember, Jesus blessed you with these little babies, just breathe and pray. Sooner rather than later, you will wish they were little again. 

Screen time
Who's experienced your kiddo lose it when you attempt to take the device away or turn the tv off early? Limit TV/Device time by starting shows in the middle. Most kids aren't really concerned about the story line. 

Potty Training
This can be one of the most challenging experiences out there. Even as an adult toilet paper rolls can be challenging (sadly) i.e. the roll rolls a little too much, finding the tear on a new roll, etc. Imagine being a kid and taking that challenge on?! Make it easy by placing a tissue box next to their shrine, this will make it easier for them to grab portioned perfectly pieces of tissue.

Shopping
How many of us sprint past the toy isle at our local store, raise your hand (hand raised). To avoid tears and heartache, have your kiddo snap a photo of each of the their dream toys and "send them to Santa." This way you have a phone full of Christmas gift ideas and the kids are left feeling hopeful and happy.