Living Arrows 2017 – 26/52

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!


Living Arrows


  1. Donna 30/06/2017 / 2:04 pm

    I cannot wait for the Living Arrows where you tell us he can tie his shoe laces – you’ll be so, so proud! Our children really do come so far and it’s only when we think of things like this that we realise just how far they’ve come x

  2. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 01/07/2017 / 3:11 pm

    I see that frustration so much in my son – and then I realise where he gets it from – me! That sense of pride when they finally get it is amazing though, for them and for you too!

  3. Pat - White Camellias 02/07/2017 / 9:05 pm

    I’m sure he will learn soon enough. There are some card and wooden flat pretend shoes with laces that may be able to help him. We used to have them at school to teach kids to do their laces. Love the photos. #livningarrows

  4. Bless him, I’m sure he’ll get there soon. Unless he turns out to be like my hubby, in which case he’ll still be doing bunny ears as an adult! Ha. Such gorgeous shots!

    • This glorious life
      04/07/2017 / 9:34 pm

      He actually did it all by himself at the weekend, I was so proud of him! x

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