Sure, 15 minutes a week doesn’t sound like much…an extra couple of minutes a day…but, coupled with a corresponding decrease in mental anguish…it’s like having an extra 20 minutes at least.
So what is this miracle time-saver?
Velcro-closure tennies, that’s what!
When we bought the girls’ first shoes when they were about 15 months old, we picked out the cutest tennis shoes with the cutest Velcro straps.
But, we discovered after walking approximately 50 feet outside the store (the girls in their stroller), our cutest Baby A had the ability to take off her new shoes with lightning speed.
We did a quick turnaround and exchanged the Velcro straps for iron-clad lace-ups.
And so I’ve spent the last two years laboriously tying and untying the girls’ shoes for each and every outing.
A couple of weeks ago, we made our biannual trip to purchase new shoes for the girlies. Over the past year, the girls have become much better with keeping their shoes on…last summer, their Velcro-closure sandals, and this winter, their [imitation] Ugg boots that can slip off relatively easily.
The assortment of lace-up tennis shoes was practically nil, so I decided to chance it with Velcro.
We’re two weeks in, and so far, so good!
My “deal” with the girls is that they have to keep their shoes on in the car. If they don’t, then they won’t be able to walk, and we’ll have to use the stroller. That’s usually a big deterrent for them.
And I can’t say how freeing it is to get shoes on in a fraction of the time. And yesterday, I realized the girls could probably put their own shoes on…viola!
I still had some straightening and tightening to do, but that’s nothing compared to the contortions sometimes involved in four shoes and four double-knots in our tiny mud room.
So, to the question, “When does it get easier?” Well, in this respect, it’s when Velcro enters the picture.