All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
I’m all in favor of teaching preschoolers to do things on their own — not run into the street, use the potty, get dressed. On that list of things to teach a preschooler is “learning to tie shoes.”
I plan to teach my son how to tie his shoes the same way my parents taught me: 1. Buy him laced shoes, 2. Demonstrate how to tie his laces 3. Let him practice, 4. Guide him if he needs some additional assistance, and 5. Be happy for him when he figures out how to tie his own shoes.
I do not plan to buy him a giant fake shoe to help him through this experience:
The Tie-Up Wooden Shoe can’t be worn. It’s just a training device that becomes clutter the second your child figures out how to tie shoes. Instead of a fake wooden shoe, I suggest buying your kid a real pair of laced shoes and let him practice on the shoes he’ll eventually be tying on his own and wearing. If he wants to practice on a larger shoe, simply let him borrow one of your shoes to use for practice. Although cute and clown-like, the Tie-Up Wooden Shoe doesn’t do anything a real shoe can’t do.
Thanks to reader JR for finding this adorable unitasker for us, and for helping us stay on the “tie” theme from last week.