Parenthood is a mixture of trial and error. You try to teach your children the way you learned. Sometimes it works out, and other times it blows up in your face. I learned this while I was trying to teach my oldest son how to tie his shoes.
I spent weeks showing him how to loop, swoop, and pull. I Googled different methods of tying shoes. My husband even tried to show him the way that he learned. It was all met with tears, yelling, and unsuccessful attempts.
We finally decided that tying was something that was not possible, at this time, for him. My oldest has autism, and sometimes he cannot process how to complete a task.
So we started the search and found Hickies. They are a no tie, shoelaces that replace traditional laces. My son is 9 and shoes in his size no longer come with velcro, so we struggled to find shoes that he could use. Thanks to Hickies, we no longer need to worry.
If the shoe comes with laces, we can replace them. Hickies allows for that independence. With Hickies, I know that even if he never learns to tie his shoes, he will still be able to put his own shoes on.