Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tie shoes

Every day, Katie comes home with a tattered piece of yarn from her napping rug (she's in Kindergarten) tied to her velcro shoes. She's 6 (as of last month) and thinks she must now have shoes that tie. It's all she wants. Every day. Shoes that tie. She can't tie, by the way. She just twists it into a mess. But, that's beside the point.

It made me think about what to get ALL my children for Christmas. And, I thought I'd share my own rule of 3. Every year I get my kids one thing they want, one thing they need, and one thing I want them to have. It's not as hard as you might think to get them to narrow down their wish list to the one item that would make their lives complete. The thing they need is often clothes of some sort. The thing I want them to have is sometimes a book that I loved as a kid. Or a keepsake of some sort. Or anything that I think they would like that might not have occurred to them already.

So, I'll get her tie shoes of course! I'll have to tie them everyday. And, technically it fulfills rule 1 AND 2. But, I suppose now I'll have to buy her a new napping rug.


Klymyshyn Design said...

I wonder if YOUR Katie (I have a Katie, too) would accept those twisty - non tie - ties...they are super curly and hold the shoes on without tying.

Debi said...

Hi, saw you on Etsy and read this blog post. I have a tip for your for teaching your daughter to tie her shoes. Buy two different colors of shoelaces, cut them in half and sew (or tie) the opposite colors together, and lace them in the shoes.

Then when you're teaching her, you can say, "wrap the red lace around the green lace..." and it's easier for her to "see" the process.

My tip of the day!!

earth baby said...

That's a great idea, Debi! I have two children younger than her even that I'll someday have to teach. I'm defintely gonna try it :)

ElegantSnobbery said...

What a GREAT idea to give gifts like that!! One they choose, one they need, and one you want them to have.... I think I'll do the same. :)

Lorissa J. Longfellow said...

I love your idea about gifts. We have only one child and between us and family she got too much last year. This year we have scaled it down to three, plus trinkets for her stocking.

Valerie said...

It is amazing how quickly she will learn once she has the shoes... She may surprise you!! 1,2 buckle my shoe ♥ Oh... I have a Katie too