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Mom's choice for preschooler's shoes... anything but shoelaces, please

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 7:43am

Here's a free tip: don't buy shoes that tie until your child is ready to learn to tie them. Sure, they look cute on the 3-year-old, but by the time you have tied his shoelaces for the tenth time that day – and it's not even dinner time – you will know what I'm talking about.

My 3-year-old has a cute pair of sneakers that tie. They were his brother's shoes when he was that age, but his brother preferred the Velcro shoes he could quickly put on by himself. My youngest child, however, loves these shoes with their big kid laces.

Unfortunately, he also loves to remove his shoes as soon as he enters a house, even when he may be leaving again shortly. Before I have a chance to look at his feet, his shoes are off, although still tied.

The laces must be tied in double knots to prevent them from accidentally coming undone. But my boy has trouble untying them without getting them knotted, so there I am untying and tying over and over every day. It gets old really quickly.

My son actually has two pairs of Velcro shoes, which I encourage him to wear and he prefers not to. Sometimes, regardless of the weather, he opts for his rain boots, which he can easily slip on and off. And I'm good with that. After all, 3-year-olds can still get away with some pretty crazy fashion statements. I admit there are times when I breathe a sigh of relief when he pulls out the rain boots... no tying for me!

So now, if you have never considered this issue before (or even realized this could be an issue), consider yourself warned. And exercise caution when choosing shoes for preschoolers.

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