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Daycare has asked us to please put Charlotte in shoes with laces, rather than velcro.  It seems that she took her shoes and socks off four times yesterday in the sandbox.

This is partly my fault and partly their fault.  It's my fault because at home I've told her that she should have bare feet in the sandbox.  She has obviously taken this injunction to heart.  It's partly their fault because every single piece of paper that has come home has clearly said shoes with velcro ONLY.  Hello?  I'm just following directions, here.  So I'm going to go out on lunch hour and buy her some shoes that tie.  It has occurred to me that this is going to pose us a bit of a problem.

If she's going to wear shoes with laces, I'm going to start showing her how to tie them.  I am not going to raise a velcro kid.  She's going to tie her shoes, lace her gowns, and fasten whatever else needs to be fastened.  Here's the thing - her father and I tie bows completely differently.  Seriously - his method and mine bear no resemblance to each other.  Which means that we're going to confuse the living daylights out of this kid.

I think we're going to teach her my way - because mine is correct, of course.  :-)

EDIT:  Who knew we were all so interested/passionate about shoe tying?



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Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
It's nice to know that she's adhering to your instructions!
Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
I was kind of shocked when I realized what had to be happening - and very pleased. I'm perpetually startled at the level of comprehension she has right now. I'll try to convey that different places have different rules. No shoes in the sandbox is the rule at home, no bare feet outside is the rule at day care.

But, wow!
Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, she'll come up with her very own way of creating undoable knots tying bows.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't I know it.

The reason that I'm leaning towards *my* bow, is that mine unties no matter which tail you pull. Bob's turn into Gordian knots if you pull the wrong one. Charlotte, of course, will pull the loop, and turn either one of them into a scissors special.

I suspect I should start maintaining enough fingernails for knot picking...
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Huh...our daycare lets them be barefoot in the sandbox. My little sand flea comes home with a ton of sand anyway. Much of it in her hair...I don't even want to know how, since she's smiling.

Good luck with the shoe-tying lessons... one thing Victoria is still flummoxed by is fasteners. She insists on pushing her pants down & pulling them back up without undoing the buttons. She's getting big-girl enough that not all her pants are elastic, so sometimes it's been fairly humorous. Unfortunately sometimes it's been a sad wet experience. :(

But SCA gowns...ther'es an idea. She loves poofy clothes -- if I make sure hers have bows & buttons, she'll learn fast because she loves them!
Jun. 22nd, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Charlotte is *fascinated* by fasteners of all sorts. She buckles herself into everything, and the only reason she doesn't unbuckle is because she doesn't have the finger/hand strength.

I don't think this is going to be a problem.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Are you a bunny ears or a chase the rabbit around the tree and through the hole gal?

I'm the latter, Adrian is the former. Bean joined the dark side.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I've never heard them described that way, but that's exactly the difference. I'm around the tree and through the hole, I think Bob is bunny ears - that's what his kind of look like.

Shame about her going over to the dark side.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
I tie my shoes "wrong"
I was very surprised to learn this, when E was at MSGH even though I learned to tie my shoes more than a quarter century earlier in a manner that, as you describe, results in a knot that comes away clean whichever tail you pull. You see, my way includes a "hidden" maneuver that can't be seen when I demonstrate it. It was explained to me that this is why so many children have difficulty learning to tie their shoes the "right way" and resort to "bunny ears". I never mastered the "real" right way.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: I tie my shoes "wrong"
Huh. I wonder if you and I do it the same, or differently.

I think I'm about to become vitally interested in how people tie their shoes. This is interesting!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
What my esteemed spouse failed to mention, of course, is that his wife is a sped and never learned the "rabbit through the hole" maneuver and was only saved in first grade by the--I kid you not--special pull-out gym instruction I received which focused on balance beams, catching balls, and shoe-tying. I was shown bunny ears and have been able to tie them "wrong" ever since.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
I really could have used the bit on catching balls. I *still* duck...

I didn't realize until I tried to untie a knot of my husband's that there were variations, and I didn't realize until this post that they were so widespread!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, Charlotte begins her engineering training: untying Daddy knots.

Quick Tangent: I was at the gym last night and they had on ESPN's Escobar and Escobar documentary. I couldn't stop watching it--it was horrific, but well-made--and I kept thinking,

"Man--this must have been a legal nightmare."

How much work are documentaries for your department?
Jun. 23rd, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
She's enthralled with anything that is a fastener. This should be interesting.

Hmm - a concise answer to that is difficult. The *really* concise answer is "it depends." The first step is that it depends on if it is made in house, or if we hire a production company. Then it depends on where the footage is coming from.

I guess the good short answer is that they're a real pain. How much of a pain also tends to vary depending on how potentially litigous the subject matter is, and since sunshine and roses rarely makes compelling television viewing... :-) The 30 for 30 series has been an awful lot of work, but we seem to be slowly coming to the end of legal's involvement. I get the impression it's going well, so that's nice to hear - it's always a shame to work hard on something and have it get panned!
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