This topic came up over at that “other” blog and I dug a little deeper and came up with this. Over “there” it was really a discussion of kids not being able to their own shoes and some of the ages that were mentioned made me really feel parents are really lazy. They claim to be “busy” but really, I think tying is important. Not just for shoes but knots in general.
Both Jason and Toby learned to tie their shoes right around kindergarten. They didn’t have Velcro or slip ons and we couldn’t send them to school and expect the teacher to do all that tying. It was really unheard of. They had practice shoes with yarn laces and when they perfected it, they got to bring home a construction paper shoe with the laces tied in yarn and it was a really big deal.
But then when I found this article and saw what kids can and can’t do and it made me feel like where is childhood going? Kids can’t climb trees but they can operate a DVD player and computers.
Does any of this make you feel sad or do you think some of this stuff should fall by the wayside? Is some of it not important anymore?
I have so many people “brag” (for lack of a better word) about how smart their kids are that they can operate a Ipad or our computers yet some of them aren’t taught the basic lessons in life like this or making a piece of toast. You need to know how to tie and you should know how to feed yourself. A few minutes a day of practicing is all it would take.
I think everything is important to teach kids but I really think if your child can’t tie their shoes (or hats, sweatshirts, sweatpants) and they wear laces, you really are leaving it up to someone else when your child isn’t with you. That, to me, it lazy.
What do you think?