Any parent out there knows that while they can try to teach their kids certain life skills it is almost always more productive to let an independent third party do the deed. Your kid will listen to your instructions a grand total of one time, two if you have an oddball on your hands, before they give up in frustration if they didn't in fact master whatever it may have been on the first try.
That’s why you need that third party. Whether it's a teacher, coach, librarian, what have you your child will sit and patiently listen to them a few more times -- if not for hours if they like said sport or activity. It doesn’t matter that they’ve never met this person and it certainly doesn’t rate to them that this person hasn’t been clothing and feeding them since birth either.
Right now we’re working on teaching the kids to tie their shoes. We’ve relied on YouTube videos showing the bunny ear technique and both Carter and Evie are struggling. Carter says most of the kids in his first grade class can tie their shoes so he’s definitely ready.
Courtney had known about Nordstrom’s shoe tying class for awhile and one recent Saturday morning it was up to me to take the two kids to the store to give it a try.
All this takes place in suburban Chicago by the way. I’m not sure how many Nordstroms participate.
The class is free and starts at 9 a.m., an hour before the store officially opens.
There were only four other children there for the class the day we went which was great because the ratio of helper to child was quite high.
Everything kicked off with a fun game of balancing a balloon on your head so the kids could see that it was simple to learn something new…like tying your shoes... get it?
Then they went through the bunny ear technique and used a little card to help hold the “ears” in place.
This is when I was so happy there were these other people there. Carter sat in his chair and tried tying the low-top Chuck Taylor over and over again before he got it right without complaint. At home we were lucky to get three or four tries before utter frustration.
Evie had a harder time and got frustrated before Carter but she’s more than a year younger so that was a bit expected. We wrapped up a good 45 minutes after the start so everyone had plenty of time to get it right if they could. None of the kids was a whiz at it but everyone had at least one success it seemed.
Carter still hasn’t mastered tying his shoes (it's been a week since the class) but he’s practicing. I told him he couldn’t wear tie shoes to school until he could tie his shoes reliably. That has gotten him a little more motivation.
Hopefully we won’t have to go back for the class but I’m certainly glad it’s there.