I can remember when my kids were learning to tell time.  Digital was just coming out on watches and clocks.  I thought it was a terrible idea.  How can kids learn to tell time if they don’t see the hands on the clocks?  I remember thinking “how lazy!”

They did learn to tell time and I got over it.

Now, Velcro.  Isn’t it one of the best inventions of all time?  How did we ever manage without it?  It’s use’s are way to large to even get into.  Let’s just take kids shoes for one example.  I can remember when my kids were very small and how many shoes I had to tie, tie and TIE over and over during a day.  They used to have these little things with bells on them and each side opened up and you could tuck the laces into them so they couldn’t untie them and DRIVE THEIR PARENTS NUTS trip.

So, my soon to be 4 year old grandson Christopher just got a new pair of tennis shoes and I told him to put on his shoes and he asked me to tie them.  I looked at my son Toby and SCREAMED calmly said “Sue didn’t buy him VELCRO shoes!!!, what was she thinking?????”  He said “I know!”

I have gotten VERY a tad LAZY!!!

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10 Responses to Velcro

  1. Sue says:

    Ha Ha Ha…very funny Joy! I bought him those shoes because they were better than the ones I got at Payless, he needed new ones badly, and they were on clearance at Footlocker for $10!!!! You can’t beat that. He will have to be able to tie shoes though in kindergarden and this fall in preschool they make them do things themselves so he needs to learn sometime.

  2. SKL says:

    I actually like the tie shoes myself. I feel they fit better, and my little ones are currently into taking off their velcro-fastened sandals / shoes, which they can’t do with tied shoes. If you tie them in a double bow, the kids can’t untie them. Yeah, it’s a pain to tie them every time, but at least once they are on, they stay on until I take them off.

  3. Joy says:

    You know I’m laughing WITH you Sue!! It was just one of those funny moments!!

  4. nikki says:

    Bailey had Velcro until preschool because like Sue said he had to know how to tie his own shoes in kindergarten. The teachers don’t want to be spending all their time tying there shoes. I like the look of tied shoes better but it is a lot easier to just pull the straps over and be down. I also had the problem last year with not having a “real” clock in my house. They’re ALL digital. So I had to get one for Bailey. I think we’ve all become a little lazy but the companies making Velcro and digital EVERYTHING are making it easy to be lazy. So it’s their fault!!

  5. Joy says:

    Yes Nikki, let’s blame them…yes, that sounds good.

  6. Jane says:

    I’m in this boat right now with my guy. He’s crossing over into shoes with laces. He wears his rubber boots a lot. We all do but he’s going to have to learn to tie also. Believe it or not we have an old wooden shoe that was my mom’s from when she was little so he’s pretty good at it already because we’ve made it a game. I sure know what Joy means though. When your in a hurry and have your hands full, Velcro sure is handy. My son always manages to get the laces inside the shoe under his foot or under the tongue so I have to take them off and start all over. Maybe we are all in to much of a hurry. Not lazy but just try to do things to fast.

  7. Tosha says:

    here they ask that if your child can’t tie his/her shoes that you buy velcro shoes the teacher doesnt have time to tie them.. The only one i’ve bought velcro for is Jewel and thats because she just doesnt get it.. Cole ties his shoes in knots..

  8. Heather C. says:

    So funny, but true! My mom insists that my youngest have velcro shoes on if she is to spend any time with him. I totally see her point. 🙂

  9. candi says:

    This Reminds me of the apple bottom jeans song, the reebok with straps, Except my son says nike with the straps, because he has a pair, lol .

  10. Liza says:

    This is a good topic. Written well and cute. I am a second grade teacher and you wouldn’t believe the kids who can’t tie shoes. It’s not a requirement anymore where we are. It’s not something to “achieve.” Sad isn’t it? I remember when I perfected the art of it, I got to bring home a construction paper shoe that I actually tied the lace on. My mom still has that thing. It was something we had to “pass” when we went to school but it’s not anymore. All most teachers care about is not having to do it for a classroom full of kids.

    I also think home life is to blame for it. So many parents take the easy way out and if the kid has Velcro shoes, it doesn’t matter, it’s not in the curriculum in most schools in this country. A very good caring Kindergarten teacher may teach this to her class but that’s up to her to decide. It does vary depending on your district. You would be surprised how many parents don’t teach this to their kids like Jane above mentioned by making a game out of it. This is just one teeny tiny little thing that a lot of parents expect the school to do for them and I find it sad. Most “educators” want to teach better and better but not things like this. They just want to jump fast forward into academics and skip through the life lessons. I wouldn’t mind taking a small step backwards.

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