Encouraging Independence: Putting on Shoes

When a kid learns how to set on his/her very own footwear&#8230it is like a small excess weight has been lifted.  It&#8217s one particular issue you can take away from your &#8220to do&#8221 record prior to leaving the property.  It is great!

Here are just a number of approaches we encouraged Huge Brother to put his possess sneakers on:

  • Buy Velcro Sneakers (for now, anyway):  Velcro shoes are so a lot simpler for children to set on and you don&#8217t have to stress about tying their shoelaces!  There will be a time and put for young children to study how to tie tennis shoes&#8230but wait around right up until they have the good motor control to manipulate the laces (any place in between 4 and 6 years&#8230I nevertheless had initially graders in college who couldn&#8217t tie their sneakers).  Velcro sandals are a ton much easier to put on than velcro tennis sneakers.  I&#8217m definitely hoping Massive Brother can handle to set his very own sneakers on even as the climate gets colder since I&#8217ve definitely gotten used to it!


  • Stimulate, really encourage, motivate!  Small children need tons of encouragement!  They&#8217ll love emotion &#8220big&#8221 when they can do points on their own, but we also need to heap on the praise&#8230specifically when their intrinsic motivation is lagging.


  • Put delighted deal with stickers on the within of the still left and proper sneakers.  This will support your little one to know how to set the sneakers on the proper feet.  When the content faces are smiling at just about every other, the shoes are on the right feet!  The stickers will use off really promptly, so you could use lasting marker (if you don&#8217t head the truth that it is permanent)&#8230or just preserve a stockpile of smiley encounter stickers.What tactics have you utilized to train your kid to place his/her sneakers on?