I bought Rhys some new shoes the other week.
He needed some for school, and a new pair of trainers. In the end he chose two pairs with laces, instead of the velcro straps that he’s had up till now.
I explained that this meant he would have to learn how to actually tie shoe laces himself, and he agreed that he was ok with that.
The thing is, shoe laces are quite tricky things to learn to tie! He’s been trying, he really has, but has been ending up just really frustrated that he can’t do it.
So I’ve had to remind him to be patient, and to keep practising.
I reminded him that when he started swimming lessons a year and a half ago he couldn’t swim at all. He had to use arm bands and didn’t really like putting his head under the water. Like a lot of little ones, he hated having his hair washed at home because he didn’t like the water in his face.
Last week at his lesson though, he swam a whole length of the pool by himself.
It was a huge achievement for him.
And I reminded him that he managed it by practising every week. By trying and trying until he got it.
These photos sort of act as a reminder of how far he’s come. In the bath, laughing so hard, because his sister is pouring water over his head.
If he can learn to like having water poured over his head, and can learn to swim all that way, then I have no doubt in my mind that he can learn to tie his shoe laces.
We all just need to have a little patience, and practise practise practise!